The documentary Living Without Money portraits the life of 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She cancelled her apartment, gave away all of her belongings and kept nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This was a decision that changed the entire outlook on her life dramatically.
Today, after 14 years, she is still living almost without money and claims she is feeling more free and independent than ever. The film follows Heidemarie in her day to day life and shows the challenges she meets by living an alternative lifestyle. Check out the trailer here:
The film is due in april 2011 where the film makers offer free screening rights if you want to show the movie in your hometown. Check out their homepage for more info: livingwithoutmoney.org
I am really looking forward to see this movie. It isn’t directly about a resource based economy, but more about the possibility of having a ‘moneyless mindset’, even in the midst of the ‘money jungle’ this society is. When Heidemarie can do this today, everyone should be able to do this as soon as it gets more common. And it should be part of a proof that RBE can work. That money isn’t necessary, and that we’re all much better off without it.
You can also read an article about Heidemarie in The Sunday Times.