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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (2016) – Free Full Documentary

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a free feature-length documentary that follows a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group build tiny houses, plant veggie gardens, practice simple living, and discover the challenges of living in community. This film is the product of hours and hours of footage that I shot during that year-long experiment in simple living. The documentary includes interviews with David Holmgren, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Nicole Foss, Ted Trainer, Graham Turner, and more.

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Directed by: Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander
Written by: Samuel Alexander, Jordan Osmond, and Antoinette Wilson
Executive Producers: The Simplicity Institute, Marcus Foth, Dale & Clare Hembrow
Cinematography by: Jordan Osmond
Edited by: Richard Sidey and Aliscia Young
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Thanks to all the generous Indiegogo supporters who made this project possible!


Anthony Cumia says:

I used to live this way with my biker gang back in the 80's .
We grew weed and stole everything else we needed from neighbouring towns, mostly beer, cigarettes and steaks. We stole electricity from a near by farm so we had Tv's and radios to kill the boredom. We even had our own prison system, a big hole we dug in the ground, you break the rules you live in the hole for two three days without food or water. This video brought back a lot of memories, thank you for sharing.

gustavo adolfo del valle says:

Really inspiring movie! congratulations!

Arsene Wenger says:

I think some of the views in the documentary is too extreme. That is why i think minimalism is the best choice of sustainable life, you are free to choose anyhthing you want, but own less, like less than 50 items, or 100, or 150, it makes a huge difference. 

Minimalism will eventually lead to veganism and so many other sustinable beliefs such as buying things that you need or that is good for the environment

Pricilla Mac says:

I would have loved to have seen a few elders puttering around and enjoying the company of young adults

Buy Villa Spain says:

The avarage small town in UK has no community. The community that is there is based on hatred and being clicky with the in crowd. Its al taught from the top down, don't work together as a community and then you will be more controllable as a servant of the British empire.

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Danielle P. says:

I've watched this film 3 times now and find myself more inspired with each viewing. Thank you!

Ping Pong says:

a very good and interesting film, thank you and congratulations to the owners of the land in making it available for an important purpose, we need more of this. I am glad to see that the ethos is not just about escaping mainstream living but about learning through practical experience lessons to take out into that mainstream; the challenge is how to articulate it in ways that people will listen to and look beyond the reactive stereotyping and prejudice towards the concept of living simply. Linked on my blog and shared on facebook.

Thought Chow says:

Using other peoples discarded materials to build your life and then claiming its to be self sufficient and eco friendly is like eating beef and claiming that you are vegetarian because you didn't kill the cow.

What will you do when everyone stops making stuff and buying stuff that they eventually throw away? Where will you find the windows for your house or the planks it is made from? Will you create glass for yourself?

Who made the clothes on your back? Are they well treated by their master? Where do the piercings in your face originate? Are they made for vanity, are they made in a natural way, are they from a natural place and can you reproduce it for yourself without harming nature?

Look inside yourself. Do you truly believe what you're doing means anything, or are you just trying to find a place in this messed up world where you are accepted for who you are?

We are all slaves to the system built before us and perpetuated by our children. If we are not willing to give up everything that makes us human we will never truly be free.

Océane Yang says:

are there chinese subtitles?

Ethan Strahan says:

Wonderful film! As a cinematographer myself, I really appreciate the artistic flavor of motion imagery that makes this film what it is. And of course the content is educational, entertaining and most importantly it is inspiring! Thank you to all the folks who took part in creating this film, it is a great work of art!

Keyisme says:

I love this idea. I'm so glad there are so many people doing what they can on an individual level to improve living!

But that one lady is wrong about capitalism. Capitalism does not suck resources to the middle. If she wants to point fingers at the United States and the prosperity gap, I suggest she look into how much America isn't very capitalistic anymore.

Jainie Norville says:

Longing for change to come. I am looking forward to my own simple life.

sensate444 says:

Before people where able to store grains, people had to live a nomadic life because they spent all of their days chasing after food. If was a short, hard brutal life. Even before the industrial revolution, people worked from sun up to sun down on their farms or those of others. It was again a difficult life. I don't see most complainers in the modern world as willing to live like this for the rest of their lives.
I agree that there are many downsides, such as a disconnect from nature, the use of chemicals, factory farms, etc. However, without these things, 7 billion people would not survive on this planet.

Daniel Almeida says:

I’m planning in doing something… my small tiny house will be next.
Already stopped junk food and meat.
Already out of the city. But laws here in Portugal don't permit us to build inside our own land without all the bureaucracy and taxes of a normal house wish is “I can’t say the word cus doesn’t exist yet”.
But I will build it anyways and it will be me against the world.
And I’m a very danger person cus I have an Alhambra (Spanish guitar) that rides with me all the time. So not afraid.

Azure Ablaze says:

I love this movie, and more than that this kind of thinking & living. I love all who think in athat way. But! That is not a way how you shold reap grass! (15:44) Just no! 😀

aida bach says:

How are they doing laundry with the begging pieces

Jeffrey K Finch Jr says:

Just got fired for being human. This hits home, but it hit home way before being thrown out. Companies are not families, no matter what they say, or promote. Otherwise they'd understand, or at least ask questions. Just because you're offered 2 weeks paid time off, doesn't mean you'll be able to actually use it. It's the same reality we as Americans live in. We need to figure the corporatizatian of our democracy.

blathermore says:

It's good to choose a better way. For most the better way begins with their own habits, purchases, ethics, and personal decisions.

Kate North says:

It feels odd – the colonials committed an ongoing genocide against indigenous people who lived with nature – because according to the colonials the indigenous people were primitive/backwards, not progressive and the rest. Now these guys are talking like it was their culture that was destroyed and they have to reclaim a more sustainable life. I find it quite disturbing.

Andrew Petherick says:

Fabulous documentary, from Sydney

West Coast Wanderers says:

wow , what a powerful and moving film, as I've been riding a motorbike around the world I have spent hours wondering how I would simplify my life. Great little video which answered alot of questions, and raised many others! 🙂 thanks for sharing and making this.

Lewis Dawson says:

I've had this vision for years, and I'm trying to make it happen. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/back-to-basics-a-sustainable-community-project Please donate whatever you can and of course you are welcome to come and share in this new form of off grid living.

Thomas McCormick says:

Man, I love this. I'd love to be apart of it. I bought twenty acres in TX years ago, now I owe back taxes and property owners fees because basically I got sick. So I was wondering what about things like gas for your the trucks? Medicine and dental? I have cancer right now, but expect to make it through. They tell me I will. But the Gov. is paying for the treatments although I've been working since fourteen, so I paid too, in taxes. Anyway, I still plan to head out to TX when things get better. Best of luck, Tom.

Emelia Sings says:

woah the singing at the end. his voice is magical

Modus Ponens says:

A house built with a blue tarp in place of roofing felt paper and metal roofing, and using (probably not galvanized) finishing nails to hold in the siding could end up with leaks that are difficult to repair. Condensation on the tarp could create moldy conditions. Nails could leave ugly rust trails and then corrode to the point where a good wind will tear off the siding. On the other hand, you can just build a new one every couple of years, recycling whatever still is useful. In general though, if you want to talk about sustainable, you have to look at lifetime cost and not just cost to build. (I'm much more impressed with the cob house.)

Blank Page says:

Also, is there any natural springs in Australia? Gravity water can be used in bathrooms without using electricity.

Blank Page says:

In America, you can bury your potatoes wrapped in newspaper for winter storage. And dig up as needed, if you bury in groups separately. There is also canning. Root cellars. Smokehouses, maybe. There has to be a way to be more sustainable for winter.

Sharing Solutions says:

Amazing ways of crafting/figuring out a better method or style of living.

Pure Energy says:

Crisis as opportunity. I have just been evicted from an apartment with many electrical issues just waiting to start a fire. I am 63 years old earth time and have not found family. I was severely abused as a child for saying that there were invisible beings talking to me. I felt these beings. They had compassionate voices. The people around me were racist, bitter, violent and distant. I say that eternal energy beings came to me to be of support.
After reading 200 books over the last 30 years, I am convinced that all people are eternal energy beings, more specifically holograms. Nothing is solid anywhere, so this must be a holodeck and we are holograms. This is what physics is saying.
From the book "The Quantum World" written by the physicist Ford I found these words: 'magically bursting forth are quarks spinning billions of times a second as 3 points of light, forming what are called protons and neutrons.'
From the book "Hands of Light" written by the NASA physicist Barbara Brennan, I found these words: 'people are holograms–eternal, multidimensional, electromagnetic, holographic energy/light/love beings.
After leaving this apartment August 31, 2017 I will be going to the ocean to drown this body. I have yet to find anyone that thinks like me, even though I know they exist somewhere.

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