Are you curious about trying a vegan diet and looking for that final push to give it a shot? Are you already vegan, but looking for a documentary to recommend to your veg-curious friends? Here are our top five documentaries to inspire you or your friends to Try Veg.
Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Through their journey, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. Part sociological experiment, part science class and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.
Seaspiracy exposes the realities of the commercial fishing industry – an industry that has flown under the radar for many years. This documentary focuses both on the ethics of fishing and on the environmental toll that commercial fishing takes in oceans, on land and on all of the earth’s creatures. The film emphasizes that the best thing you can do to care for yourself, the earth and the animals is to stop eating seafood — or even better, to go fully plant-based.
My Octopus Teacher is another film that just might help you and your friends to start skipping the seafood at mealtime. While this documentary does not specifically discuss veganism or animal agriculture, it is an extremely powerful documentary that forces its audience to recognize the sentience of animals. The documentary follows filmmaker and naturalist Craig Foster as he journeys into the deep blue sea day after day to visit an octopus who, over time, becomes his friend and teaches him about the great emotional capacity of all animals. While veganism isn’t directly discussed, this film makes it just about impossible to eat calamari again.
The Game Changers is the perfect documentary to recommend to friends and family who ask questions like “where do you get your protein?” The film follows elite athletes who get their muscle and power from plants alone. It demonstrates that not only can you be vegan and healthy, but that a vegan diet actually has many health benefits that can improve athletic performance.
Eating Animals exposes the cruel and unsustainable industry of factory farming. The film takes a deep dive into the industrialization of animal agriculture, exposing that the imagery that is portrayed to the public is severely “humanewashed” and far from the reality of what farmed animals endure. It reveals the industry’s exploitation of both humans and animals. With heartbreaking footage of cruel abuse and powerful interviews with struggling farmers, Eating Animals is sure to leave a bad taste in your mouth the next time you go to grab that burger.
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