10 Best Vegan Documentaries
This is where it all started for me. I watched a vegan documentary on Netflix and after the documentary was finished, my curiosity ran rampant. It was the curiosity that made me become vegan and so I have to share with everybody the 10 best vegan documentaries. I wish I could remember which one I watched but I can not because I just kept watching more and more of them. They were all so amazing and eye opening. If you are even a little interested in a vegan diet for any reason what so ever then you have to check out one of these 10 documentaries (or all 10!) in this YouTube video Below. You will not be disappointed.
#10. Eating Animals, produced & narrated by Natalie Portman
Great documentary to start off this countdown. If you want to know what is really going on behind the food on your plate then you have to see this film narrated by Natalie Portman. This documentary touches on how factory farming is driven by antibiotics and hormones. Both of which have adverse side affects when consumed by humans. While watching this film you are sure to rethink animal made foods altogether. It is pivotal that we start recognizing how this food is affecting our bodies. Along with how our bodies react to the food made from animals, we must be aware of how the environment is affected too. This documentary speaks on how factory farms deplete our natural resources and put our planet at risk due to greenhouse gases. This is a wonderfully put together documentary that everyone will love to watch.
#9. The Game Changers, produced by James Wilks
Alright all you sports lovers. If you have not heard by now, most of the best sports players in the world, consume plant based diets. Or they are 95% plant based. Anyways, no room for judgement but more of a great trend to see in the sports world. Players like Tom Brady, Lionel Messi, Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic are vegan or predominantly plant based. I think other athletes are going to take notice of this soon and start changing their diets.
In this Documentary, James Wilks shows how his recovery from a serious injury was aided by a plant based diet. He was able to make an incredible recovery and he owes it all to plants. He then goes around to other athletes who are amazing at what they do. Some of the people competed in strong man competitions, long distance running and mixed martial arts. All of which testify to how well they recover from workouts, have great joint health and feel like they have more energy during workouts. This is a MUST SEE for all athletes looking to get an edge on the competition.
#8. Called to Rescue, directed by Loghan Call
Have you ever heard of an animal sanctuary? Well I had not until I saw this documentary. I quickly took a liking to animal sanctuaries. On these farm sanctuaries, are animals that have been rescued or saved from slaughter and are now on a farm that allows them to live a life until a natural death. During this documentary, Loghan Call shows how impacted humans are when they encounter these animals at these places of safety. The viewer is able to see just how natural and happy the animals are and how they too, are affected by human connection. This is a really touching film and has 9.4 stars out of 10. Enjoy this film!
#7. The Ghosts in our Machines, produced by Liz Marshall
Liz Marshall is a huge animal lover. If you want to watch a documentary focusing on animal rights then this is the documentary for you. She touches on everything cruel that animals have to go through. Some examples are animals killed for fur, spent dairy cows and animals that suffer from harmful laboratory testings. All of this is for selfish human gain. There are so many things that we are unaware of because of what we are not educated on. We need to applaud Miss Marshall for her education through the work of her animal photography. She discovered that taking pictures of animals being abused was more powerful then actually destroying the properties that house these animals. Pictures are worth a thousand words and pictures of abused animals might bring about more then just a 1,000 words. Great film to watch for all animal lovers.
#6. Live and Let Live, directed by Mark Pierschel
This documentary should be renamed as the “why to be vegan” documentary. Mark Pierschel interviews 6 different people on why they chose to become vegan. Each account is incredible and will give you insight as to why a vegan diet is so special for so many different people. One example is of a butcher who turned into a vegan chef. Another example is of a professional athlete that realized eating plants would bring them a competitive edge. Whatever the case may be, you are sure to spark an interest and carve out your “why a vegan diet is important to you” philosophy. Or even better, this documentary can give you reasons to talk with your family members and friends about why they should start a vegan diet. I really love this documentary. There is nothing like hearing testimonies from people.
#5. Forks Over Knives, directed by Lee Fulkerson
This is the number 1 reason why I started gaining interest in becoming a full time vegan. I say full time vegan like it is a job but it is really quite the opposite. Do what you love and never work a day in your life and that is what a vegan diet is starting to feel like for me. It is very rewarding. Part of the reward is reaping the health benefits that this documentary, Forks Over Knives, goes into detail about. As a world, we are crippled by heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and type 2 diabetes. If we are able to switch to a plant based diet then we can reverse this trend of painful health suffering. You definitely want to show this documentary to somebody who needs a reality check on how their animal dominant diet is destroying them from the inside.
#4. Maximum Tolerated Dose, produced by Karol Orzechowski
One of the reasons I love this top 10 list of vegan documentaries is the variety of different documentaries you can choose from. Each documentary in this top 10 is a little bit or a lot bit different from the other documentaries listed. This documentary, Maximum Tolerated Dose, continues this trend. In this documentary they bring awareness to those animals that are tested in laboratories.
Personally, I always remember how proud people speak about new cancer studies and how they have found success by testing rats and monkeys. I would always think, oh wow that is great news. I would always think highly of the studies without taking into consideration what side affects the animals went through during all of these lab tests. This film brings light to how these tests affect and stress out a number of animals which often times lead them into cardiac arrest. Great film for everyone to see.
#3. What the Health, director Kip Andersen
This documentary theorizes about how the milk and dairy industry feeds into the pharmaceutical industry. Honestly, it could be said the other way around and that this relationship is a cyclical one. Both sides feed into each other and Kip Andersen sheds light on this by interviewing world health officials. During these interviews, he probes health officials for answers that he knows would expose the evil behind their industries. There are enough encounters to clue you in that something very fishy is going on. Your sixth sense will definitely be activated during this documentary!
#2. Earthlings, directed by Shaun Monson
Seeing is believing! Beware! This documentary can be a little overwhelming at times to watch. It is one thing to hear about behavior and people doing things but it is completely different once you see it with your own eyes. That is why this documentary is so powerful. They used hidden cameras that showed gruesome video of how animals are treated for human gain. It truly is terrible what you will watch from these hidden cameras. In this documentary they don’t always talk about the farming of animals for their meat. They also talk about how animals are produced and mistreated for their fur, human entertainment and as pets. We are incredibly naive when it comes to how we treat animals before they come live as pets with us. This documentary helps us see what is really going on behind the scenes. It has a very high viewer rating for a reason.
#1. Cowspircay, produced by Kip Andersen
This video hits home on my 2nd favorite reason to being vegan. Which is saving the environment! When a person becomes vegan it is usually because of health, animal cruelty or environmental reasons. Or they feel equally passionate about all 3. In this documentary, Cowspiracy, director Kip Andersen does a great job of linking factory farming of animals and how it negatively impacts our environment. He talks about global warming and deforestation in relation to mass animal production. He also touches on how much clean water it takes to produce animals for slaughter. The numbers are staggering!
We really need to take a step back after watching this documentary and ask ourselves if we can sustain life on Earth with an animal dominant diet. If we continue to raise animals for slaughter at this rate then we are putting our planet in jeopardy. Not only are we putting our land in danger due to deforestation but we are also creating ocean dead zones that could potentially have an even greater problem. This is creating more then just a reason for concern. This is creating a rise to action. We can not put our off-springs into harms way. What kind of planet do we want to leave the next generation? We have to be smart about this and take a stand for what is right and what is sustainable. This documentary is sure to change your mind on how to protect our planet. Make sure to tell a friend about this documentary once you are finished watching.