So, you want to go vegan but have no clue where to start? Well, don't worry because you're not alone and it’s actually not as hard as you may think. In fact, it’s quite easy once you know how and these ten eye-opening documentaries will definitely give you some food for thought and undoubtedly change how you think.
With a magnitude of information now readily available at the touch of a button it has never been easier to learn about veganism and although this list is by no means exhaustive it's definitely a great place to start.
If you’re starting from ground zero then we recommend watching the following ten titles (taking breaks in-between of course) to truly become fully aware of the impacts our food choices have on the planet, our health, and the animals we share our planet with.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Available to watch on Netflix
Photo credit: Cowspiracy
Passionate about ocean life, filmmaker Ali Tabrizi sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species and uncovers alarming global corruption as he goes. The documentary seeks to expose the fishing industry's impact on the World's oceans and reveal the cruel industry practices that take place out at sea.
Available to watch on Netflix
Photo credit: Seaspiracy
3. Earthlings (warning graphic)
Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind's total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson. This documentary may have been produced over fifteen years ago but the message remains the same today as it was back then - that animals are here with us, not for us.
Available to watch at www.nationearth.com
Photo credit: Earthlings
4. What The Health
This film examines the link between diet and disease and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries. This groundbreaking film is the follow-up from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars and keeping us sick.
Available to watch on Netflix
Photo credit: What The Health
5. Forks over knives
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Just imagine if one simple dietary change could save countless people from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Well, this documentary puts the idea of using food as medicine to the test. The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and lives.
Available to watch on www.forksoverknives.com
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6. Land of Hope and Glory (warning graphic)
In 2005, a film called Earthlings became the most pivotal documentary of the animal rights movement. However, in the UK the phrase "that doesn't happen in our country" started coming up far too much. The filmmakers of Land of Hope and Glory wanted to set the record straight and through the documentary they aimed to reveal the truth behind UK land animal farming. The documentary features the most up-to-date investigations as well as never before seen undercover footage with a total of approximately 100 UK facilities featured throughout the film.
Available to watch on www.landofhopeandglory.org
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7. The Game Changers
Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul — this revolutionary new film investigates the links between meat, protein and athletic strength and performance.
Available to watch on www.gamechangersmovie.com
Photo credit: The Game Changers
8. Dominion (warning graphic)
Dominion uses drones, and hidden, handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.
Available to watch on www.dominionmovement.com
Photo credit: Dominion
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
Available to watch on www.blackfishmovie.com
Photo credit: Black Fish
10. Eating our way to extinction
We cannot deny the destruction of our planet any longer. The damage is clear and we have nowhere else to go! It is time to face the truth, however uncomfortable that may be – we are on borrowed time. "This is the film future generations will be wishing everyone watched today" - LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Available to watch on YouTube
Photo credit: Eating our way to extinction
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