Browse films

The Meaning of Vanlife

Jim Lounsbury
Australia, 2019, 88 min.

In English.
Includes adult language.

AIFF Award Winner:
Best Foreign Documentary

The Meaning of Vanlife is an adventurous, revealing look into the Vanlife community through the eyes of nomads who have chosen to live a life of freedom on the road. A documentary about a movement that exemplifies a deeper societal trend towards minimalism and authentic community building.

Director's Statement

Is Vanlife just a fad, driven by social media, hashtags and photographs of beautiful couples in pristine locations? Or is it a community dealing with the current economic pressures by leaning toward minimalism and simpler living? A group of people redefining their expectations for life by valuing things like community, acceptance and renewal? When asking "˜Vanlifers' why they chose this alternative lifestyle, the most common word within their answers was freedom. This documentary was a chance to discover what that freedom looks like, and what resonant beliefs, philosophical truths and new ideas can be gleaned from these modern-day nomads.

Category: Documentary, Award Winner.
Themes: Community, Lifestyle, Road Trip, World Cinema.

More in Documentary

  • Making Soppressata with Dom and the Guys

    Making Soppressata with Dom and the Guys

    Tony Buba
    United States, 2019, 15 min.

    The Southern Italian tradition of making soppressata is being kept alive by the Martelli family. They have been making soppressata off and on for almost 100... more ›

  • Post-Election Works

    Post-Election Works

    Kate Haug
    United States, 2019, 17 min.

    Post-Election Works contemplates the present moment through the writings of German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin as an artist recounts her... more ›

  • RocKabul

    RocKabul

    Travis Beard
    Australia, 2018, 90 min.

    RocKabul is a coming of age documentary about youth, freedom of expression, and the strength of the human spirit. As Afghanistan's first and only... more ›