Advised she should marry the person who sexually abused her as a toddler, Amish teen Rachel Albrecht (Dylan Ratzlaff) faces a determined alternative in An Amish Sin: Keep and dwell in distress and worry or run away and take her possibilities removed from the one residence she is aware of.
On this shifting drama based mostly on real-life tales of ladies who have been abused in non secular communities, Rachel opts for the latter…and pays a value. “I hope individuals discover braveness inside this film,” Ratzlaff says. “Though it’s in regards to the Amish, many individuals can really feel impressed by her [as she’s] trapped on this state of affairs and finds the braveness to interrupt out.”
Rachel’s abuser, Uncle Iddo (Micah Steinke), has continued to torment her, saying at one level, “I do know the depraved ideas of your black little coronary heart.… You’re damaged, Rachel.” However when she tries to flee, she’s despatched to a facility the place, she’s advised, “they assist ladies who’ve misplaced their method.”
Later, she’s shunned by her household, together with her chilly, offended mom (Kellie Martin) and stern father (Troy Mundle), who blames Rachel for “tempting” her abuser. Regardless of the setbacks, the pious, hopeful Rachel by no means succumbs to despair — “I simply beloved the sunshine that she was,” Ratzlaff says — and finds an ally in Grace (Rukiya Bernard), a photographer who takes her in when she lastly breaks free.
To attach with the story, the actress had a supply that was very private: her personal Mennonite lineage. “I don’t apply,” Ratzlaff notes. “I’m a dancer, they usually don’t permit dancing.” However earlier than filming started, she referred to as her grandmother for insights into their household historical past.
The present lesson is much more vital. Ratzlaff hopes An Amish Sin resonates, including: “This story is going on at the moment.”
An Amish Sin, Movie Premiere, Saturday, October 29, 8/7c, Lifetime