EN - The film draws a probing picture of the life and problems of the Mennonites in Northwest Mexico a religious movement with Dutch roots, that rejects technological advancement and accompanying consumption-culture radically in an attempt to keep its traditions and religion as pure as possible. The central character is Neufeld who leads us through his personal and family life into the strict culture and realm of thoughts of the Mennonites. Soon this unaffected, rural culture proves to hide internal conflicts. Some import electricity and cars in order to lower costs and young people have difficulty adjusting. Neufeld and his family decide to sell their belongings, leave the camp and build a new existence in Campeche. Not all that the world does is good for a Mennonite tells, in extraordinary images, a poetic yet realistic story. A voyage that leads to an insoluble dilemma between tradition and progress, between God and the world, between consistency and willingness to compromise.


Title Not All That The World Does, Is Good For A Mennonite
Original title Not All That The World Does, Is Good For A Mennonite
Original language Spanish, Middle Dutch (Dietsch)
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre creative documentary
Year 1998


Photography Sander Snoep
Editing Ewin Ryckaert
Sound Rik Meier

Technical specs

Running time film 52' | 62'
Release format 16 mm
Other available formats Betacam SP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Dolby Stereo
Colour Colour


Main producer Leontine Petit
Main production company Lemming Film (NL)
Supported by Fonds Film in Vlaanderen, Dutch Film Fund, Cobo Fund, IKON, RTBF, the MEDIA Programme of the European Union
Production partners Peter Brosens, Peter Krüger - Inti Films (BE), Thierry De Coster - Saga Film (BE)

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Producers Peter Krüger
Writers Luc Verheyen, Lut Vandekeybus

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