To Care and Not to Care
Gateway Films, Vision Video, Worchester, PA, 1984, 60 minutes,
While other utopian societies die, the Hutterites have grown in
North America to more than 40,000 living in over 300 self-sufficient
villages. They are a society where faithfulness to Christ's teachings
is more important than self-advancement or worldly comforts. By
yielding themselves completely to community, the Hutterites have
rid themselves of poverty, homicide and anxiety about the future.
Although maintaining their medieval culture, the Hutterites farm
over a million acres of land in Canada and the United States using
the most advance farm equipment, and even computers.
Surviving harassment from those around them, the Hutterites have
lived strict communal lives based on the teachings of the Bible.
In their schools, they continue to teach their children eternal
values, in German, despite government regulation of education.
"This film is an extraordinary achievement. It is a sensitive
and illuminating document that provides strong visual evidence for
the apparent contentment and security enjoyed by people who eschew
individualism in all its forms. Holding values so different from
those of other North Americans, the Hutterites, as portrayed here, provide a strong case for an alternative way of life in the midst
of American industrialism."
George L. Hicks, Brown University
in The American Anthropologist
The Hutterites: To Care and Not to Care
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