We’ve all seen films that scare us, make us laugh and bring us to tears, but how often do you see a film that totally changes your life? Veganism, the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, is on the rise all over the and for many people, the decision to go meat and dairy-free has been in some way influenced by the world of film. Whether it’s seeing footage of animals suffering or discovering farming’s damaging environmental effects, a single film can change the way people choose to live their lives.
With 1st of November celebrated as World Vegan Day all around the world, since 1994, by Vegans to point out the benefits of veganism for humans, animals and the environment, we’ve got something in store for you. If you’re looking for powerful movies to recommend to your friends and family, or if you’re thinking of giving up meat and dairy to turn vegan yourself, here are 8 documentaries you absolutely need to watch.
1. The Game Changers
In this compelling 2018 documentary, ex UFC fighter and martial arts expert James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Featuring elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists, Wilks unveils the power of a plant-based diet. This film is truly a game-changer and will seriously force you to rethink your dietary choices.
2. What The Health
Critically acclaimed as the health film that health organizations don’t want you to see, What The Health follows the journey of filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the unhealthy relationships between the state, the animal agriculture industry and big pharma. The film, a real eye-opener, examines and exposes the health consequences of meat and dairy consumption, as well as the existing efforts to cover them up.
3. Forks Over Knives
Advocating the consumption of a whole-food, plant-based diet to reverse or prevent various chronic diseases, Fork Over Knives is a documentary film that stresses the effects of processed foods and oil on our body. This film will show you how certain diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can be prevented by consuming a plant-based diet and avoiding processed and animal-based food.
Here’s something for the ones who are struggling with converting to veganism. This film documents the challenges of converting to veganism through three New Yorkers who love meat and dairy products and demonstrates the resistance many may feel towards veganism/vegetarianism, without realizing that their food choices impact not just their bodies but Earth in general.
5. Vegan – Every Day Stories
Following the lives of four individuals from very different backgrounds –
an ultra-marathon runner, the wife of a cattle rancher, a food truck owner and an 8-year old vegan girl – who share one thing – a vegan diet. This spectacular documentary follows the personal journeys of ordinary people, each walking on their own path while following a vegan lifestyle. This touching film is sure to poke your emotions, so be prepared to sniff while watching.
This documentary dives into the connection between animal agriculture and climate change and in the process call out several environmental organizations for ignoring or attempting to hide the facts. Cowspiracy will leave you with so many shocking facts about the impact your dinner plate has on the environment, you’ll find it hard not to at least reconsider how you eat.
7. Live and Let Live
Most vegan documentaries examine one or more different reasons to adopt a plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle. However, Live and Let Live takes a examines the people who are going vegan including former butchers and meat factory workers. If you are looking for vegan documentaries with a markedly human story, this is the film for you. The film features prominent figures in veganism and animal rights including American Social Psychologist Melanie Joy and Australian Philosopher Peter Singer.
8. Planet Vegan
The recently premiered documentary series Planet Vegan explores the global growth of the vegan movement. The five-part docuseries reveals the key figures in the rapid growth of the vegan movement and also aims to provide an informative and non-judgmental platform for individuals who are curious about veganism featuring top athletes, nutrition experts and medical professionals in the vegan movement, including ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, pro surfer Tia Blanco and Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown.
9. Eating Animals
Vegan actor Natalie Portman produced and narrated this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same name. This documentary explores the evolution of animal agriculture into the industrial process it has become today, looking at the environmental, economic, and public health issues tied to factory farming.
10. H.O.P.E – What You Eat Matters
This inspiring documentary looks at the impacts of a typical Western diet on human health, the planet, and animals. It features environmentalist and primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as social psychologist Melanie Joy, biochemist T. Colin Campbell, scholar Vandana Shiva, and author Caldwell B. Esselstyn and has a simple and clear message – what you eat matters and by changing these habits we can change the world!
11. Hungry For Change
In this documentary, three filmmakers expose the diet industry’s deceptive strategies designed to keep people from losing and keeping off weight, ensuring their business model survives by keeping their customers coming back for more. So in case you too are caught up in the vicious circle of expensive diets, this is something you must watch!
The film is talks about the negative health impacts of the animal-based diet. It supplies high levels of cholesterol to the diet – much more than is required for human consumption and this leads to the thickening of artery walls which impedes blood circulation throughout the body, thereby diminishing the body’s ability to respond to and repair degenerative and/or invasive tissue problems, such as cancer cells, bacterial and viral infections, or general cell damage. The film also explains the advantages of a plant-based i.e., vegan diet.
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