documentary hack


Matt D'Avella

5 mins

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This documentary by Matt D'Avella follows Ryan and Josh - aka 'The Minimalists' - on a US talking tour, with regular detours to hear from other prominent exponents of the benefits of living with less.




by Matt D'Avella


Matt D'Avella makes popular, thought-provoking films about contemporary habits for the likes of Netflix and YouTube. This inspirational documentary about the benefits of living with less leads with self-styled 'Minimalists' Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. Old friends and work colleagues, Nicodemus and Millburn independently came to a realization that their pursuit of corporate success was not providing happiness.

Their shared conviction saw the two friends quit their high-flying jobs to go out on the road. This film charts their journey from 'suit and tie corporate guys' to passionate proponents of minimalism. The documentary covers the gradual build of audience and profile, culminating in appearances on national TV and a groundswell of support for their radical take on the seductive call of capitalism.

Minimalism features several eloquent advocates of conscious non-consumption, writers and commentators who practice what they preach. All contributors describe the experience of shedding unnecessary possessions as liberating for the soul, taking the viewer along for a clear-eyed examination of what's really important in life.

Favorite quote

Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.

- Joshua Fields Millburn, author

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