The Docudrama: Breaking The Silence

Breaking the Silence is a docudrama that explains the origins and legacy of the Amish faith and traces the Graber family back to the Reformation Era.

 The Director: Joseph J Graber


Joseph is Lester and Rebecca’s son. He was fourteen years old when they were excommunicated from the Old Order Amish church. He is on a journey to discover where the Amish come from, to find out what his heritage means. What really is the faith of his fathers that his extended family has admonished him to keep?

“Martin Luther’s German Bible opened the way for my ancestors to read the Scriptures in a language they understood during a time when the church was being shaken more severely than it had been for a thousand years. Some people call that turbulent time the Reformation, I call it my heritage. But, what does it mean?

I deeply appreciate my childhood as the son of an Old Order Amish pastor.  I love the body of Christ and am deeply grateful that God has allowed me to serve Him as a pastor of Living Water Fellowship in Golden Colorado.  I am fascinated by Church history and desire to learn from the Scripture- and the past- as I seek to order my Christian walk.  In Breaking the Silence I ask the question, “What is my Amish heritage?”  I interview my parents, Lester & Rebecca Graber, as well as others who are either familiar with the Amish or with Church history.  I travel to places that hold meaning to my family over the last five centuries.

From the pages of Scripture I have discovered my identity in Christ.  Through the process of making this film I hope to define an Amish legacy that has been hidden for centuries.”