Vegan Movies

Vegan Movies and Documentaries

I couldn't leave you guys without putting together a list of movies and documentaries on veganism, so here it is. 

Sorry that I couldn't link to all these wonderful movies and documentaries directly. In some countries viewing is restricted to that particular country. Netflix also has some of these documentaries on their menu in certain countries, but not in others. So please see this list more as a helpful guide to which movies are interesting for vegans, or for people who are interested in learning more about veganism. In some cases I managed to link directly to the movie. 

Amazing short feature film/documentary drama about construction worker Eddie Lama. As he is house sitting and looking after a cat for a girl he has a crush on, he starts bonding with the kitten and realised how amazing animals are. As his compassion blossoms, he opens a shelter for abandoned animals. By clicking on the link you can watch the movie for free online!
Director Morgan Spurlock features as his own guinea pig in his film about the fast food industry. He goes on a diet of McDonald’s three times a day for thirty days straight in order to examine the effects of fast food consumption on the body and mind.
The effects of the trial are horrible: his BMI increases by 13%, his cholesterol levels sky-rocket, fat accumulates in his liver, and he experiences mood swings and loss of libido.
Super Size Me will completely change the way you think about eating and living.
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 film is very hard to watch, and if this doesn't turn you vegan on the spot I don't know what will.
Meat the truth. Marianne Thiele who is a Dutch politician and is leader of the "Party for the Animals" presents us the case of how global warming is largely caused by animal agriculture, something that not too many people are aware of let alone do something about. Instead of focussing on reducing water use and exhaust of cars, we should stop breeding animals for food.
 
Devastated but unwilling to succumb to the illness, Kris sets out to explore alternative and experimental methods to take care of her body - entirely transforming her diet (adopting a vegan diet rich in greens and veggies) as well as her lifestyle along the way.
The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences.
Food Matters is a documentary film regarding health, nutrition, exploring malnutrition and cancer causes, the Pharmaceutical industry & more. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics

A beautiful story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.

Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

 

The Cove is a 2009 documentary that exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year. Dolphin meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The remaining dolphins are sold to dolphinarius and marine parks around the world into a lifetime of captivity.

With a high-quality cast including scientists, environmental experts, passionate farmers and pioneering chefs, this British documentary draws attention to the health and environmental benefits of removing animal products from one's diet.

Through many interviews, the documentary examines how diets rich in meat and dairy promote cancer growth and heart disease, as well as how the consumption of animal products contributes to massive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss.

Planeat offers a perspective on how we could solve today's problems with innovative farming techniques and shows that plant-based eating can be culinary delightful - far from dull nibbling on carrots and lettuce

This 2010 speech by animal rights activist Gary Yourofsky has gone viral with millions of views to this date. Yourofsky's convincing and powerful way of presenting his message already turned 8% of Israel vegan after this speech has been translated into Hebrew. Watching this video, you will find out why.

Australian Joe Cross, who's not only 100 pounds overweight but also suffers from a rare autoimmune disease, is running out of ideas. Conventional doctors and medicine aren't able to help him, so he decides to take things into his own hands by going on a 60-day juice fast.

He's got one goal in mind: Getting off all those pills and regaining his health. Being supervised by nutrition specialist Joel Fuhrman for the first 30 days in New York, he then hits the road and travels all the way to the west coast, interviewing more than 500 Americans about eating habits and health along the way.

While he discovers that many aren't willing to change their lifestyle and rather accept to die, there are also a some he inspires with his story: In Arizona, Joe meets the morbidly obese truck driver Phil, who's suffering from the same rare condition and soon begins his own truly inspiring journey of healing and transformation.

This documentary is really uplifting in the way that it shows that we have the power to take our well-being into our own hands. The only downside is that it heavily promotes juice fasting and doesn't go into a lot of detail of what a health-promoting diet looks like apart from the juicing.

Still, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead will most likely motivate you to incorporate more micronutrient-dense foods into your diet and step into the healing powers of fruits and vegetables. No need to jump on a full-on juice fast.

The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn are at it again. After their debut with Cowspiracy, this time around, their focus is on human health - or rather the detrimental effects of animal foods and how they could be prevented.

We're joining Kip as he speaks to several medical doctors and researchers about the growing body of evidence on the health dangers of animal foods and how they contribute to our leading causes of death. Baffled by the fact that leading health organizations seem to be remaining quiet about this - or even presenting dangerous advice - Kip is determined to get to the bottom of things.

We follow him as he tackles several major health organizations such as the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, just to find the depressing truth of conflicting interests and massive corporate influence on the nation's health.

Produced by Mercy For Animals, this graphic short film shows you WHO you are eating and how these persons get raised and then murdered to end up on people's plates.
Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it's all about. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the planet's fate may fall on their plates. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them 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. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets? Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who are trying their darnedest to change in a culture that seems dead set against it.
The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue follows Rip Esselstyn, former Texas firefighter and bestselling author, as he teaches the White and Wali families the basics of a whole-food, plant-based diet.
One of the reviews on Amazon says: 
“The Engine 2 Diet will change your life! I’ve been eating plant strong for over 3 months and I’ve never felt better. I have much better energy, I’m sleeping better, and all my lab tests are amazing. If you’ve already read Rip’s book, this DVD will offer you a solid refresher in cooking and shopping for eating plant-strong. I found a few great recipes and demos really helpful as well. If you’re new to the diet, this is a fantastic quick start on what to clear out of your kitchen, what to buy in the grocery store, and how to cook for true health and wellness. I’m giving this as a gift to family members who are just getting started and I think it will really help them.” – Eric G., Amazon
Dr. Michael Greger, founder of the non-commercial, science-based website NutritionFacts.org, gave this brilliant speech back in 2012. Using the research of peer-reviewed scientific studies, he reveals the leading causes of our top 15 killers as well as ways to prevent or even reverse these with the right kind of nutrition.

Hungry for Change is the follow-up movie by the Food Matters people. It definitely makes some good points about the food and diet industry fooling us with strategies with the sole purpose of making the most money possible. The artificial composing of the majority of nowadays supermarket foods with lots of additives and sweeteners gets criticized and a return to a more "natural" diet is promoted.

But here lies the problem. We don't get to know what exactly the right kind of diet is that we're supposed to follow. Instead, the various so-called health experts in the film make all kinds of claims without any scientific backup. They, for instance, mention olive oil as a good source of fat and declare sugar to be as detrimental as heroin.

Filmmaker Mark Devries (in his twenties when he began with the film) sets out to investigate factory farms that are conveniently placed out of our sight in remote countryside areas.

He comes face-to-face with their owners while he tries to shed some light on what's going on behind those odd factories. To uncover the truth, Mark goes as far as commissioning an airplane to fly over some of the factory farms.

On his journey, he interviews a broad range of people, questioning the fundamental belief that humans are thought to be superior to all other animals and that it's justified to torture and abuse them for the sake of our pleasure.

Mark stirs some very thought-provoking discussions and asks uncomfortable questions as he dismantles the notion that human beings or of more moral worth than all other species.

Blackfish tells the story of several orcas who were forced out of their natural habitat to be held in a SeaWorld amusement park. The focus is placed on one whale in particular: Tilikum, an orca who was involved in three deadly incidents.

In a gripping way, the documentary explores what could've caused this highly intelligent whale to go violent. There's not a single record of an orca attacking a human being in the wild, so this kind of aggression is clearly something we created.

Through many interviews with former SeaWorld trainers, we get a better understanding of the highly sensitive emotional lives of these extraordinary creatures and the harmful living conditions and cruel treatment they've been exposed to.

This animal rights focused documentary sheds light on the individual lives of animals locked inside the "machine" of our animal exploiting industries. The film follows photojournalist and activist Jo-Anne McArthur who presents us a window to these animals that are all too often out of sight, out of mind.

Equipped with her camera, Jo-Anne travels the world and goes into undercover investigations to reveal the cruelty involved in the meat & dairy, animal testing, and fur industry. We get to know the emotional struggle Jo-Anne faces as she breaks into places to take photos of the animals but has to leave them behind in their terrible conditions at the same time.

The film is beautifully shot and underlined with a harmonious score that makes for a very deep and emotional experience. It's not all sad and depressing: Tough scenes of abused animals are cut with joyful scenes from a farm sanctuary, creating a sense of hope

James Wildman: 101 Reasons to Go Vegan (2013) In this presentation James wild man who is with the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, makes an incredibly compelling case for veganism. He covers aspects of health but mostly of ethics in this very entertaining video.

This documentary tells the story of 6 people who decided to go vegan: From a butcher who went on to be a vegan chef, a dairy farmer who became a farm sanctuary owner to a professional racing cyclist who discovered increased energy and faster recovery after switching to a vegan diet.

Live and Let Live has a very impressive cast and features interviews of many proponents of the vegan movement such as Gary Francione, T. Colin Campbell, or Melanie Joy. The film examines our relationship with animals and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

Many topics are touched including morals, speciesism, but also the connection between nutrition and civilization diseases and environmental complications.

Cowspiracy is all about the devastating environmental impact of animal agriculture. The crowdfunded documentary film uncovers that animal agriculture is the primary driver of climate change and responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole transportation industry combined.

It furthermore informs that large-scale factory farming is the leading cause of many environmental illnesses such as deforestation, desertification, water use, or species extinction.

Filmmaker and co-producer Kip Anderson approaches some of the biggest environmental organizations like Greenpeace and Sierra Club and questions their policies on the issue of animal agriculture.

For some reason, the entire environmental movement seems to focus on the reduction of fossil fuels - Animal agriculture, on the other hand, is pretty much unchallenged. Anderson gets to the bottom of why organizations almost seem to be afraid of talking about the issue.

Directed and produced by Shaun Monson, Unity can be considered the sequel to his former renowned documentary Earthlings. It took 7 years to finish the film which is narrated by 100 famous actors, entertainers, athletes, musicians and others.

Unity explores the reasons why we haven't been able to coexist peacefully with our fellow human beings, animals, and planet earth - even after thousand and thousands of years. Despite the fast evolution of science, technology, and philosophy, we're still not able to respect each other and live in unity.

Presented in 5 chapters, the documentary takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human and how all forms of life are interconnected in the end.

The story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. When nutritional scientist and author T. Colin Campbell inspires Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet, they inadvertently set in motion a series of events that expose powerful forces opposed to the diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Dr. Campbell’s oldest son Nelson decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

On a 3-year journey, award-winning filmmaker Michal Siewierski goes on a quest to find the healthiest and most sustainable diet for ourselves, other living beings, and the planet we live on.

Traveling across the whole US, he interviews over 30 world-renowned experts of many different fields including Dr. John McDougall, Dr. T Colin Campbell, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Pam Popper, Rich Roll, Joe Cross and many more.

They all discuss the many misconceptions our society has about food and diet and the far-reaching impacts inherent to our food choices. 

Swine is a new 16-minute short film that interweaves a narrated documentary with a fictional piece starring Timothy Shieff as a journalist going undercover in a UK factory farm to investigate rumors of a MRSA superbug outbreak in the pig population.

This fast paced movie takes a look not only at the cruel conditions of factory farms but also the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance due to standard farming practices. Swine reveals the truth about the increasing ineffectiveness of important antibiotics that we rely upon so heavily

Vegan: Everyday Stories revolves around the personal journeys of 4 very different individuals who share one commonality: They're all vegan.

We get to know an ultramarathon runner with a past of addiction, a cattle rancher's wife who fell in love with the animals and was destined to turn the farm into a sanctuary, a food truck owner who wants to share her passion for delicious plant-based foods with the rest of the world, and finally an 8 year-old girl who's on a mission to turn the whole world vegan.

The documentary explores why and how everyday people become vegan: Diverse people with different backgrounds who come in all kinds of sizes, colors, ages, ethnicities, and sexualities and have their very unique struggles and passions.

Of course James Aspey is one of Veganism and Animal Liberation great heroes. He comes from Australia and now travels the world on behalf of the animals. He decided to do a silent protest for a year, again on behalf of the animals.
Inside scoop on what really happens in the U.K. slaughterhouses. Not good! This movie is a huge eye-opener, and I recommend it full heartedly. Very graphic material tho.
 
Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and erectile dysfunction.
Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before.

Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.

The Game changers 2018
From the UFC Octagon in Las Vegas and the anthropology lab at Dartmouth, to a strongman gym in Berlin and the bushlands of Zimbabwe, The Game Changers will introduce the world to elite athletes, special ops soldiers, visionary scientists, cultural icons, and everyday heroes—each on a mission to create a seismic shift in the way we eat and live.
A great documentary showing the advances the Vegan movement has made in the year 2017. Must see! I am looking forward to Vegan 2018
The creators behind the viral clip which Leonardo DiCaprio described as “the video future generations will be wishing everyone watched today” are now working to bring you Eating Our Way to Extinction; a feature-length documentary. Through world-renowned scientists, researchers, global leaders, and celebrities, the film is bringing to life the reality of the true cost of our current relationship with animals. The film takes an in depth look at compassion, environment, health and economics.
 
Eating our way to extinction will look at the most pressing issues of our time, such as environmental destruction, the western diet health epidemic, the twisted economics within the meat ...See full summary  . A full length movie directed by the Brockway Brothers

What the Health (2017)​

A health oriented movie from the makers of Conspiracy.

The directors of the film have produced the best health documentary to date, What the Health, which follows Kip Andersen as he uncovers the negative dietary impacts of animal foods.
I found this movie on Netflix. Its a truly amazing documentary and I have watched it twice. 
This full length feature film by Simon Amstell is a mockumentary set in a future Britain, where meat, eggs and dairy are outlawed. In this brave new age world, animals roam free, and there is no such thing as veganism, only “carnism”.People from the Pre-Vegan era are being treated for post traumatic stress, and are sometimes too ashamed to admit to what they did. I couldn't find a link to this movie online I am afraid. Its available for viewing for free on BBC though. But I am in Panama, so no such luck i am afraid.
Oka is on Netflix as its a Netflix original. Reviews are super positive, and this film combines Science Fiction with coming of age, as well as a love story from an environmental (vegan) viewpoint. 
We love this movie., Tilda Swinson being her crazy funny self once again, this movie has really startled and shocked quite some people into Veganism, I would think. Couldn't find a link to Youtube. watch it on Netflix. The link in the name Okja above leads to the trailer.
An Australian answer to the impactful documentary Earthlings, like Land of Hope and Glory is the UK version, shows covert footage taken side slaughterhouses in Australia, which shows us that the cruel practises in animal agriculture are not an incident or confined to only one country, but are a symptom of human speciesm. 
I hope you guys enjoy the list I put together. Please let me know If I have overlooked or forgotten to mention a documentary or film on veganism which is important.  I appreciate your help in keeping this list up to date.
With Vegan Hugs
Saskia