Director: Matt D’Avella
Duration: 1 hour and 19 minutes
Logline: People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing the virtues of less is more.
It’s been fed to our minds that the more things we have the better life we lead. The more number of cars, clothes, a bigger house etc. We have become dependent on our pay checks to buy more. The urge to consume whatever is advertised to us. Just like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, our minds believe that there will be happiness at the end of season’s sale. But is it really true? Do we really need it all?
This week I recommend 79 minutes documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things by Matt D’Avella available on Netflix.
The documentary poses an important question to the audience – do we need it all? Are our lives, our happiness truly dependent upon things? Why? A series of interviews with authors, photographers, former wall street brokers, and people from different spheres of life – minimalists, explain their take on consumerism and the importance of simple and a more satisfied life.
The documentary along with interviews shows footage of people swarming into a store during seasonal sales and shopping, filling their bags with things they may or may not need. The documentary breaks the myth of filling the void with things that we think might bring satisfaction to our lives, instead all it does it brings more and more greed and eventually dissatisfaction. With a steady pace and slick edit, the documentary is a recommended watch for a lazy afternoon or nothing-to-do evening.
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(Shweta Basu Prasad is a national award-winning actor. Shweta is a graduate in mass media and journalism.)