People often ask why I am vegan? How can my health improve by becoming vegan? How do I start the process of transitioning to veganism. SO today I wanted to share the documentaries that have helped me along the way. These are films I go back to over and over to continue to educate and remind myself why this life style is so important for our health, for the animals and our earth.
1. Forks over Knives is a health focused documentary that establishes a strong correlation between degenerative diseases and meat-based diet with some solid, statistical proof. The film features a team of doctors and researchers to highlight common pains and sufferings like obesity and diabetes that have become the fate of most Americans today, and asserts how it can be alleviated by adopting a plant based diet.
Official Film website: ForksOverKnives.com
2. This beautiful documentary by Marc Pierschel interviews several vegan proponents and explores the health, environmental and ethical reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle. It tells the stories of 6 different individuals who turned vegan for their entire life; it’s touching indeed to see a butcher turn into a vegan chef, and a factory farmer into a farm sanctuary owner!
Official Film website: LetLiveFilm.com
3. This inspiring film chronicles the transformation of an overweight Australian named Joe Cross who was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease. With doctors and medicines given up all hopes, Joe decides to regain his health all on his own – by vowing to live only on fruit and vegetable juice for a couple of months. How he successfully loses 100 pounds and inspires another one suffering from similar health condition makes an interesting watch. The film also had a sequel in 2014 under the title: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2.
Official Film website: FatSickAndNearlyDead.com
4. Cowspiracy is a crowdfunded documentary film co-produced and co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. It tries to analyze the policies of various environmental organizations like Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network in the light of environmental impact of animal agriculture.
Official Film website: Cowspiracy.com
5. Vegucated is a socio-comical documentary about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits. But during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.
Official Film website: GetVegucated.com