King Ranch Media Release by Hutterite Bishop
Written by: Mark Waldner on Thursday, June 14th, 2012
We are deeply disappointed with the National Geographic Channel’s depiction of the Hutterite people in their so called reality series, American Family: Meet The Hutterites, filmed at the King Ranch Hutterite Colony in Montana. It’s unfortunate that Jeff Collin’s and his production team chose to come through the back door rather than the proper channels to receive permission to film our people.
What was promised by the producers to be a “factual documentary” is in fact a distorted and exploitative version of Hutterite Life that paints all 50,000 Hutterites in North America in a negative and inaccurate way. Scenes and dialogue were contrived resulting in a “make believe” depiction of how we live and the spiritual beliefs we cherish.