Living Without Money (2010) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • We meet the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer (68) who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago. One day she cancelled her flat, donated all of her belongings and started a new life based on exchanging favors - without the use of money.


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  • 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 started a life based on bartering and helping others. 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. Through her story we can consider moneys influence on our way of thinking, living and acting and the impact this has on our own lives and health and our environment.

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