Greetings beloved Whovians, the Potterheads, the Jedi and the rest of aspiring minimalists who show no allegiance to any of the said fandoms. If you’re looking for some audio-visual inspirations to get into the spirit of minimalism, look no further. I’ve got the perfect list of documentaries where real people deal with real-life situations in transforming their lives to practice minimalism. Furthermore, please note that this numbering is totally random and by no means determines the ranking of the show. So, without any further ado; let’s start binging.
1. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
Less is more. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, more popular across the interwebs as the minimalists, go on a road trip across America engaging with enthusiasts and inspiring their lives for the better. It’s a perfect start if you’re just getting into the world of minimalism. Watch it on Netflix.
2. Expedition Happiness
Two beautiful souls. One cute Bernese mountain dog. School bus converted tiny house. One epic road trip across North America. What’s not there to like about this German adventure of a filmmaker and a musician who wander into the free world in a soul-searching journey. Aesthetically pleasing shots and heart drenching music is going to make you fall in love with this gem of a movie over and over again. See it on Netflix.
3. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Unorganized closets or Piled up living rooms are no match to the decluttering expert Marie Kondo who visits her clients’ untidy spaces and does exactly what the title says. Following the premiere of the show on January 1st, 2019, thousands of people rewrote their new year resolutions determined to change their lives. This went on to become one of the favorite documentaries on minimalism. Watch the Marie Kondo magic on Netflix.
4. Living on One Dollar
This 2013 adventure drama follows the lives of four friends in rural Guatemala who are on a mission to live on just a dollar for eight weeks. Hunger, illness and parasites are just a few of the obstacles they come across in this genre-defining masterpiece. This has been acclaimed by many worthy minds including the Nobel Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. Watch it on Amazon Prime.
The true cost dives into the world of fashion ranging from the garment factories in Bangladesh to the top tier fashion weeks in North America to reveal the story behind our clothing as seen from the eyes of Andrew Morgan. The need for sustainable clothing solutions are highlighted in this cinematic documentary. Moreover, this is a must-watch for anyone who’s concerned about the repercussions of the apparel production in modern society.
What do you seek in life? Riches, good health or happiness? That is the question raised by this classic 2011 documentary, talking to people from all around the world. It goes on exploring the lives of many belonging to different social statuses to define happiness in their own terms. It showcases people living under some of the most unlivable conditions and the effort they raise to put a smile and be happy amid all the chaos. Watch it on Amazon Prime.
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