Just Because: Documentary Review

This week’s review: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

By Courtney Bolton

The documentary entitled Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things came to Netflix in 2016. This documentary centers around the idea of getting rid of unnecessary things in life in order to achieve true happiness. The documentary, created by Matt D’Avella, focuses on individuals living the minimalist lifestyle, including Ryan Nicodemus. Nicodemus says he felt a void in his life, like a lot of people, and he was filling this void with “things” (which is known as “consumer purchases”). This was an attempt to buy his way to happiness, living for a paycheck, and in his words, “Wasn’t living at all”. To a minimalist, everything they have either serves a purpose, or brings joy. Everything extra, everything unnecessary, is disposed of. Joshua Fields Millburn, Nicodemus’s partner and a member of The Minimalists says, “Everything that I look around at, I have to be able to justify to myself, not to anyone else, but justify to myself, does this add value to my life? And if not, I have to be willing to let go.” The team travels the country to promote their website, theminimalists.com, and the idea of living more deliberately, with less. 

The trailer for the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things