The Mennonites - a trip back in time | DW Documentary

25 ਜੂਨ 2020
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Like the Amish in the US, the Mennonite Christian community shuns the modern world. Most Mennonites live in secluded, self-sufficient colonies. We get a rare glimpse into the life of a devout and isolated community.
The Mennonites embrace isolation, which in their eyes helps protect them from the temptations of the modern world. At first glance, time seems to have stood still in the Mennonite colony in Belize, where people still travel by horse-drawn carriage and do without conveniences such as televisions and electricity. They still speak an old form of the German dialect Plattdeutsch. But modern life is slowly making inroads in Little Belize. Wilhelm, the community’s former doctor, was expelled for owning a mobile phone. Fearing that their community was being tainted, some more traditional members decided to found a new colony in a remote jungle in Peru, where they hope to live according to old customs and religious beliefs. For the first time ever, a camera team was granted access to one of Central and South America’s traditional Mennonite colonies.
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    Екатерина НазыроваЕкатерина Назырова3 ਮਿੰਟ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • What a bunch of inbred hypocrites..Smh

  • So they are using the technology to fly to Peru because it is convenient but shunning other aspects of technology in their community. It is the reasoning I have a problem with.

    Simone-Johnson Naveen-RamlakhanSimone-Johnson Naveen-Ramlakhan8 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I don’t know if quarantining has got to my head but I find some of the women attractive

    SaladSalad9 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Using others' jets and boats and tractors is hardly self-sufficient

    Lisa GoodinLisa Goodin11 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Pucallpa, has a kind of vibes and scene like of Navotas near fishing port area here in the Philippines. Kinda

    BGP PLAYSBGP PLAYS11 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • *Abraham wanted the trip not the destination*

    RaphaëlRaphaël19 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This is like a Protestant and laxed-version of North Korea that speaks a Germanic language

    Jann Ryan NovelaJann Ryan Novelaਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Most of them seem genuinely happy 💗clearly shielding themselves from civilization has played a major factor in that. Also...imagine seeing an escalator for the first time as a grown ass adult?!!! So crazy 😜

    Kristal AKristal Aਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I'm highly disappointed in how little they actually seem to know about scripture...I have Mennonite family, more modern/liberal, but I have no doubt that any of them could explain why they don't watch tv or why they dress the way they do.

    Anna BerrieBluAnna BerrieBluਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • These children look terrified. 😞

    imlewisblackmanimlewisblackmanਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • did you notice that most people here where trainees of finding the flaws, yet, they dont even know why they were born. godless people are many here, beware guys and keep up the good faith. were they standing next to the mennonites up there in heaven knowing what path they choose? who are u to judge their way? they for sure know nothing about gods intended ways for this folk. let them be like they chose, and pray to their god if u want something for them.

    jediineducationjediineducationਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 15:22 I couldn't help myself but to laugh yo 😂😂😂

    GSHeverything _27GSHeverything _27ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Why am I feeling scare watching this Document, wowww.

    GSHeverything _27GSHeverything _27ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Exciting to watch. Wonder what they are doing now? Sure the children will end up leaving for a more "modern" life and come back to visit. I like how they are able to survive and trust one another for such a big move. Starting over is easy when you know the basics of how to sustain life.

    gurlwhowants2djgurlwhowants2djਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Remembered the AMISH PEOPLE TV SHOW, they(kids) went out to california and party their asses and got into a lot of trouble too...

      GSHeverything _27GSHeverything _27ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • So it's amazing how they're trying to get away from the "modernization" of humans yet they're using a shipping container to ship their stuff with their tractors and whatever. What about a horse and a plow? I think it's kind of hypocritical. Come on, flying in an airplane? Lmfao 😂

    Me MyselfMe Myselfਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Strange, there’s several communities of Mennonites near me and they all just resemble a more modern Amish community.

    Jed WalkerJed Walker2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • The Amish kids gotten more modern now, after their TV SHOW was on air.

      GSHeverything _27GSHeverything _27ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Narrator....I'd like for you to come and show me where in the Belize airport can I find the ESCALATOR 🤔🤔🤔🤔🧐🧐. 27:47 completely false. No escalators here...AND....WE BOARD BY STAIRS!!!

    Randine GillettRandine Gillett2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Stay away from the Kool-Aid.😬

    Kilter KaosKilter Kaos2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I hope their gene pool isn’t too shallow. It’s good to have a family tree with more than one branch.

    Kilter KaosKilter Kaos2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They can drink doctor pepper?

    Caleb GilbertCaleb Gilbert2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Very sad way of life. No changes.

    Carol KimbellCarol Kimbell2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Jim Jones. Dictatorship. Don't drink the cool aid lol why they trying to hide if there not up to no good. At least there stating there race and not calling themselves white people. No such thing as white people!!! You from somewhere

    gabriel kinggabriel king2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Im from germany and while i could read everything i didnt understand a word they were saying

    Leopold Le boyLeopold Le boy2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The last refuge for them yes, clearing space for them yes. Clearing/ killing the beautiful Amazon. We are a cancer on the planet. We as in humans. 😞 I’m ashamed to be a human 😢

    jacqui rosejacqui rose2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • What should you do next

      GSHeverything _27GSHeverything _27ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Poor children being brainwashed

    Wayne LucasWayne Lucas2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • sorry but wtf is going on in this sick world.

    DÜ spankyDÜ spanky2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • It should be illegal to sell a land in the Amazon rainforest. Little by little it's gonna be destroyed and turned into villages and even cities. The Amazon is a precious forest for the whole world. It should be preserved!

    G MsdG Msd2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Wait, how did he buy his land in Peru while in Belize without modern tech ??

    Tapiwa NyakabauTapiwa Nyakabau2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Why would you do such a thing to yor family?! Evil little man kmt.

    Tamoya PlintonTamoya Plinton2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They shun modernization but I notice they use plastics.

    Anthony TindleAnthony Tindle2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Lancaster county wya 🤣

    Jay ChrisJay Chris3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 11:09 looks like she's wearing recommended glasses. Do they have an ophthalmologist within the community?

    Dolly PopDolly Pop3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The abundant wrinkle logistically terrify because shake physically place in a sleepy flesh. gigantic, new chess

    aubrey gomezaubrey gomez3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • A lot of similarities to a cult, but it's their lives so up to them

    roxie proxie p3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • were is the bible does it say its wrong to wear different colors XD

    GuyConfidentGuyConfident3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • wants to leave the place since it got modern kinda, yet is driving a tractor himself XD yeah thats from 1600 XD

    BR_kachaBR_kacha3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Wow this is my type of community but I also believe it is important to lead by example by enduring through temptations and remain humble as Christ has. Instead of isolating yourself from temptation. The whole point was to save as many lives, rather to keep it to yourselves. It's just selfish and an abomination.. I guess. But the rare documentary of Mennonites is still super cool !

    Éclair DolvačiÉclair Dolvači3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I’m speechless, yet impressed.

    Michelle MartinMichelle Martin3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I love their hybrid Belizean accents. The little children are so cute. I would love to see a follow up on Abram and his family. He’s so enthusiastic, he could even have his own show on tv.

    Abbey NilesAbbey Niles3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The life i want. But i cant leave the city life though 🙂 surely they will live happy there. God bless your family!

    ThessaThessa3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Does anyone else think that Abram sounds like the Andy Kaffman character of Latka Gravas from Taxi?

    Barbie Longfellow-OttBarbie Longfellow-Ott3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Well at least they keep healthy life beside that one coca cola drink at the church 😂

    syafirah arijanisyafirah arijani4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Ridiculous life, poor creates living in this prison.

    Mac MainMac Main4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 20 kids from same mom?

    Mac MainMac Main4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Are you sure their not Amish? Mennonites are allowed to drive cars and use electricity. The Amish are the ones who can't.

    Tim BucciTim Bucci4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • @elysee Je suis discriminée et coupée de force du monde. Je ne peux pas me permettre d'investir dans un ordinateur ou d'envisager une relation liée à la technologie dans le futur.

    U.1F315 U.1F311U.1F315 U.1F3114 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Loving all the hate from a bunch of immigrant-loving urbanites. These people are outbreeding you, and you deserve it.

    E XE X4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This is wonderful. I live in PA and we have large Mennonite and Amish communities. The Amish use no modern conveniences but the Mennonites do. That's how we distinguish between the two. They are some of the kindest people I've met.

    Maria I. AdamsMaria I. Adams4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • No modern technology - but happy to fly on an airplane to Peru ??????

    pjeaton58pjeaton584 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • How is this not child abuse? Where is the UN or where are the human rights activists?! Religion is the most vile and poisonous thing we humans have come up with.

    Dave BalmadaDave Balmada4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Central Americans speaking German 🤣

    Marisa MillerMarisa Miller4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I saw mennonites in Downtown LA they were shopping for fabrics.

    Jebus BhristJebus Bhrist4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • How and with what do they brush their teeth?

    Despereaux CarusoDespereaux Caruso4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Oh man, I wish there was a follow-up on Abraham and his family. I actually loved watching this. If anyone has a link please share it. TIA

    Venessa AtsonVenessa Atson4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • place should be investigated.

    Rogelio LopezRogelio Lopez4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • My head is just shaking NO to these people. They said they wanted to be more traditional but rides an airplane? And seeing all the destroyed flora in the heart of the amazon and converting it into a farm is just plain wrong.

    Anything 5Anything 55 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Imagine the kids faces when seeing a city like New York, Hong Kong, London and so on.

    Roko’s BasiliskRoko’s Basilisk5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Or someone from those "untouched tribes" in Brazil. Blindfold him in the jungle and take the folds off at times square in New York City.

      yannick245yannick24514 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Miss So Opinionated yeah I know, but imagine if they did. They’d probably cry with emotion

      Roko’s BasiliskRoko’s Basiliskਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Roko’s Basilisk THEYRE not gonna see new York they don’t believe in electricity so they will not get in cars or buses or airplanes nor see it on tv

      Miss So OpinionatedMiss So Opinionatedਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Miss So Opinionated what?

      Roko’s BasiliskRoko’s Basiliskਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • They not to my knowledge

      Miss So OpinionatedMiss So Opinionatedਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • "envoirement protects" life style,no wonder.

    U LLU LL5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • how their children get marry when they grow up?package marry?

    U LLU LL5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I visited st jacobs in Canada an it's really beautiful they are so humble

    Vadkris narineVadkris narine5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • U should do a documentary about Hutterites

    Eli WaldnerEli Waldner5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Yet in the bible Jesus's preach love and acceptance Mennonites : you have cellphone? Gtfo!

    wsrtwetrwsrtwetr5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Too much fornication if you ask me ! What child no matter what culture or religion loves church...load of old brain washing and indoctrination. We re born without hate we re nurtured and sadly lots of us never are given a choice my Um and dad sadly both deceased never forced religion or a way of life upon us. Morals yes kindness yes we were taught that there was good and bad I. Every creed colour religion and race and embrace each day with love and kindness to all xxx

    Angela CroftAngela Croft5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • bruh this is a sad life 😔

    anime abdianime abdi5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • that little girl really wanna hug her granny...

    Nour RozaliNour Rozali5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The doubtful garlic ontogenically mix because pancake ideally memorise than a petite beetle. nonchalant, petite exclamation

    pomykal destpomykal dest5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • selfish brainwashed parents...pfttt

    Gitaris KampungGitaris Kampung5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • So what makes them have the right to indoctrinate people like this? This is like north korea but christian

    Soviet Potatoes235Soviet Potatoes2355 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Luckyly for the phone guy all those who see this documentary in the community is also cheating lol

      Soviet Potatoes235Soviet Potatoes2355 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Drop these guys in Queens, NY I wanna see what happens

    Hiroki LoryHiroki Lory6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @5BorosThorough ! lol

      Hiroki LoryHiroki Lory5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Why so kind. Drop them off in Brownsville

      5BorosThorough !5BorosThorough !5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Any updates??? Hopefully they're well

    MandiiMandii6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The selfish tadpole methodologically call because gear basally share via a rapid roll. fearful fearless, lucky suggestion

    Connie FairchildConnie Fairchild6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • That was a well made doc. Wishing the community all the best from New Zealand.

    Rosina HauitiRosina Hauiti6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Hi @Rosina Hauiti, thanks for your comment!

      DW DocumentaryDW Documentary4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • wait! if we go there we can do What? we can eat What? we can experience What? i am OUTTA here! tschuess.

    patricia shermanpatricia sherman6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I love their smile’s, looks happy with new life experience.

    Mario MMario M6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Can we email Franz?

    Texas ExpatTexas Expat6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • check your bible...''take a little wine...''!

    patricia shermanpatricia sherman6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • one's beliefs are just that. but, ignorance is inexcusable. there are mennonites in our town, too,but they are not ''crawling under rocks'', they adapt and adjust. the world keeps on spinning...don't fall off!!

    patricia shermanpatricia sherman6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • ole frans better keep an eye on the 15 yo twins-- beautiful girls

    Todd KneiselTodd Kneisel6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I think.they are so brave for the move and I wish them very well. I'd swap they are free. We are caged

  • Amazing !!! We have in our country like Mennonites. Wow thanks !!!🙏🙏🙏

    Visit Mother Land - EthiopiaVisit Mother Land - Ethiopia6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • People seem to be very upset about how this video is portraying Mennonites as hypocritical. When they say they have nothing to do with the outside world, they mean internet, cell phones, certain vehicles. I feel this video does a bad job explaining the Mennonite culture. Times have changed though, I am a Mennonite watching this documentary and I work in a technologies company. Mexico is more old fashioned, but even there they are accepting more of the things the world has to offer.

    Susanna KlassenSusanna Klassen6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • there is alot of misunderstanding about the amish and mennonites. they have a really simple value system that revlves around God, family, and neighbors for the greater good of mankind and brotherly love. if people take the time to understand why they refrain from technology and the outside world then it will all make perfect sense.

    Joe YoungJoe Young6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Coke in the classroom coke in the classroom. The devil is invading

    Azza ManAzza Man6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I like Mennonites. They’re good people. They’re actually very nice. I’ve met a few on board. If they want to live this way, they are free to do so. People should do what makes them happy. And also, I don’t think people realized but they’re not Amish. They do use some technology. Notice the welder was using modern technology and the women were cooking on a gas stove. In the store, they were using a calculator. I don’t think they have issues with technology. They are free to pick and choose and that’s fine. So they don’t use mobile phones. Big whoop.

    Nt MnNt Mn6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Originated from a priest 300+ years ago, and today each family have 20 children. Seems like the sin of the flesh hasn't been cleansed from them. Very traditional. Very holy. So much wow.

    ne One O6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They refuse technology but they have a window A/C at 16:16

    Der Typ 1944Der Typ 19446 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Update pls loved watching this very interesting 😁👍

    Nessa VanwaardNessa Vanwaard6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • That's a religious cult with a practice of inbreeding.

    Neo SeverusNeo Severus7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Hey Franz, what's up bro. Where you at?

    Felix FFelix F7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Are these people the same as the Amish or different ?

    khawlakhawla7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • CULT!!! Anytime your banished for having thoughts and opinions it’s not religion rather it’s control!!

    D IshappywithlifeD Ishappywithlife7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Inbreeding hitting hard i see😉😉😉😉

    cataclysmcataclysm7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • An update program would be interesting.

    Will FordWill Ford7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I go to Mexico every summer to.visit family scattered throughout the states. Always have. We have a lot of Menonites in North Mexico. They're really nice people and I admire how they are Proof that a lot of poor people use poverty as an excuse to have dirty communities. Because menonites have no technology They are just very organized and productive people.

    Frog RanaFrog Rana7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Kiddy Diddelers

    BossPlaysItBossPlaysIt7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The origin is the right to read the Bible in your own language. But some how they forgot and continue to read the Bible in a language they don't know really. So they can be manipulated by the leaders. I don't mind the old fashion, it has a deep value I think compared with office work. Modern people stressing them selves with self defined deadlines for nothing but to look effective and important. Real work from is hands and minds work. We commeners shall also ask our selves to find a balance between real life and entertainment. We ought to be more aware of the difference.

    an raan ra7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They mennonites, are resilient industrious, discipline and determined. its quite a sad life for me,but i think its just a matter of getting used to.

    Arturo DeladaArturo Delada7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • "We dont teach them foreign languages. Yet the bible is in german. LOL

    Mike GiorgioMike Giorgio7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Ugly live, honestly. Good for them not for me.

    luisbassooonluisbassooon7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ