Film Review: “Living Without Money” http://livingwithoutmoney.org/
Trust a German to be organised and determined enough to live without money for over 13 years!!
On 16 June 2011, I attended a film night organised by SwapSity and Zeitgeist. The room at U of T’s OISE was packed with around 100 people. The film was a German documentary with English subtitles. Lucky for me I’m fluent in German, so I was able to understand some of the finer or less correctly translated comments as well.
It was very interesting, and sometimes amusing, to hear Schwermer’s commentary and see people’s surprise at her inquiries. Interestingly, the people she approached to barter with for foodstuff or accommodation were mostly receptive, if taken aback. Community and schools groups to whom she gave talks were equally curious and mostly thought her approach creative, noble, and brave. Television media, however, both in Germany and Italy, seemed more intent on mocking her as some crazy old woman.
Whatever one’s opinion on how applicable such a non-monetary ‘system’ may be on a larger population scale, it is a film worth watching. It certainly shows the meaning of community and sharing in a whole new way.
Heidemarie Schwermer also founded a swap and barter program, “Gib & Nimm”, http://projekte.free.de/gibundnimm