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A Mennonite girl must decide between Church & motherhood or joining the wider world | Hollie’s Dress

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All Mennonite girls face a decision as they reach adulthood. Become a member of the church and be a mother or forge her own path? #CBCShortDocs #HolliesDress

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Hollie, like all other girls in her community, has some big decisions ahead of her. And the new responsibilities in her approaching adulthood are symbolized by the making of her first dress. This rite of passage for a young Mennonite girl is recounted by Hollie's mother Deborah, whose own mother helped her cut and sew her first dress at 15, as she describes their community’s traditions of dressmaking.

Through the story of Hollie's first dress, we see a Mennonite mother passing family values and community traditions to her daughter that will shape the decisions she must make in her future. Will she choose to be a wife and mother and remain in the community or forge her own path?

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