VANLIFERS: Portrait of an Alternative Lifestyle Synopsis

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VANLIFERS: Portrait of an Alternative Lifestyle is an hour-long documentary about people who have chosen to live, travel and work in their vans as a way of life. The 13 interviews range from singles to couples and families, mainly across Europe. They discuss both the beauties and the difficulties of living on the road – which is nothing like the filtered Instagram hashtag that has become such a trend.

The ‘vanlife’ movement has been around since the 60s and is usually attached to the archaic idea of ‘hippies.’ But the new movement towards living in a van today ranges from artists, online entrepreneurs and families who want to spend quality time together. Many are professionals who work as they travel, paying for expenses as they go. And their universal reason for choosing the lifestyle is a simple one: more freedom to explore the world.

The film starts with introductions to the vanlifers and continues with their own explanations of methods, downsides and aspirations. Landscape footage features throughout the film, from several countries, including Morocco, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain. The overall intention of the vanlifers interviewed – and the documentary – is to share, inform and inspire.

Director: Armando Costantino

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