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May 11 Film - LIVING WITHOUT MONEY

“I had everything I needed; I had a house and I had raised two children. I gave it all away.”

The documentary Living Without Money follows the life of 68-year-old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She 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. What started out as exchanging favors in lieu of money has now become a lifestyle. She is always trying to help others find a path to a simpler and more harmonic life. She enjoys life in the moment she is living instead of being preoccupied with the future.

In the film we follow Heidemarie in her day-to-day life and experience how she finds food, transport and a place to stay. People Heidemarie meets on her way, often have strong opinions about her lifestyle. Some call her a “parasite” and claim she is living off others, while some see her as a “visionary source of inspiration.” This film explores the themes of materialism and over-consumption.

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    A former member

    Awesome! The film and company was great. What more can you ask for?

    May 14, 2012

  • fran

    Loved it , Discussion forwards was wonderful to see everyone 's different insights

    May 12, 2012

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