A Documentary About the Important Things

How might your life be better with less? "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life — families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

After its successful theatrical run, Minimalism, the #1 indie documentary of 2016 (largest box-office opening), is finally available online.

On the surface, this film appears to be very americentric, however many of the themes can be applied to any post-development consumer society. What really stands out about this film is the concrete solutions it presents and its superb production quality.

"Minimalism" conveys impressive and insightful connections to the viewer’s own lifeworld. The documentary style in terms of objectivity, transparency, and neutrality is good and the film shows many well-researched solutions and possibilities. The film is a highly relevant commentary on our consumer society.

"Minimalism" is touching and is both sensory and emotionally stimulating. This film inspires action and initiative. The film shows the influence of man on the earth and is relativized appropriately. This film challenges our view of happiness and fulfillment, and strives to profess self-responsibility and responsibility towards others.

The footage is aesthetic and have are relevant to the content. The cut and music are good, camerawork ok.

Director(s): Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus
Production: Catalyst
Year: 2016
Duration: 78 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations:
Screening rights: Gathr Films ()
  • This film can be watched for a fee at the top.

You can also view it for a fee at:


Main topic(s): Consumption + Alternatives Human Potential
Secondary topics: clothing marketing courage postconsumptionism sufficiency
Mentions: minimalism less stuff sufficiency meaning things
Topic Page(s): Consumption + Alternatives Human Potential


Overall rating


Entertainment value

Scientific & journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

Host a Screening

Film Tips

Other Films