The Devil's Playground
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Many Christians complain that filmmakers do not spend enough screen time taking faith-especially Christianity-seriously. It is worth noting, then, that a new documentary by British director Lucy Walker,
Doug Cummings (Chiaroscuro) offers a review of the film on his Web site, in which he mentions an echo of the only popular American movie to have dealt intently with the Amish—Peter Weir's
He quotes the filmmaker's own impression of her subject: "There are so many positive things about the Amish … and yet there's a price to pay, and I can't make up my mind even to this day whether I'd want to go Amish tomorrow or think that they really shouldn't be allowed. I was literally moved to tears by this life. It occurred to me that they really had it all right and we should all give it up and be Amish. I think for many people, the fascination with the Amish is that they really present some of the things we seem to have lost as a society as we've progressed."