Welcome to school Simona, this is your homework: go watch some movies.
A lot of people have a very little understanding of to why I made the decision to pursue a plant-based diet, cruelty-free and animal product free lifestyle.
I have compiled TOP 10 movies, I believe, everyone should watch and then start the discussions with me of how veganism is wrong, unnatural, unhealthy blah, blah, blah, blah.
Please educate yourself first before diving into this topic. All of the titles are linked to the representative IMDb page for further information. Most of these can be pretty easily found on youtube.
I wanted this blog post to be featured on my blog first to lay the groundwork, get people educated, in hopes, that those who will read this and watch some, if not all, of the documentaries featured, will result in me not having to endure all the bizarre and completely false comments that might come up.
If you can go through these 10 movies and not feel repulsed by the society we live in or how we treat other species, then please do me the honour and never speak to me again. Ever.
I have put these in order, how I watched them. I have added a few comments about the movies and how they made me personally feel. I have also added an asterisk symbol (*) next to movie titles of my personal favourites.
“What happens when you take a ten ton whale that’s meant to travel as far as 75 miles in a day, and confine it in a tiny tank for years, deprive it of companionship and food, and force it to perform on cue day in and day out?
This was the first movie I watched. I have promised myself not ever visit any sort of sea world or a zoo.
Now that I think about it, I remember, being a kid and going to a zoo to see polar bears. The poor things had gone yellow (their fur coat) and were basically dying in front of me. I remember seeing camels with crooked humps. They said it was natural and normal, but a simple google search will explain, how similarly to orca’s fin being bent, it’s not natural but a result of living in captivity.
Couple years later, I remember seeing giraffes in a small caged space inside, because the zoo didn’t probably have enough resources to at least allow the animals to be outside.
Wild animals are not made to be kept in captivity and it is extremely sad that for human entertainment they are forced to live as such. It makes me sad to think that, we see ourselves above everything else.
Imagine if a human was put into a cage, no one would ever allow it and admit that it’s inhuman, so how is caging an alive being human or ethical?
The Cove (2009)*
I had already mentioned this one in my June favourites post. About ¾ into his movie I vowed to go vegan. Seeing all the blood in the water I just broke down and, honestly, my hope in this society died a bit more.
“That’s a very strong word, suicide. But you have to understand dolphins and other whales are not automatic air breathers, like we are. Every breath they take is a conscious effort. And so they can end their life whenever life becomes too unbearable by not taking the next breath. And it’s in that context I use the word suicide. She did that. She swam into my arms, looked me right in the eye, and took a breath… and didn’t take another one.”
Food Inc (2008)*
This movie is very eye-opening in terms of what people are putting into their bodies and how this is directly linked to diseases and multimillion co-operations. It’s really sad and disgusting of where exactly your food comes from. It’s horrific to know, how little of that all is actually beneficial for your body.
This one is a special shout-out to all of those, who doubt that being vegan is unhealthy and doesn’t nourish your body. Have fun killing yourself every day little by little. My condolences go to you. I only have one question regards the soon to happen funeral: what flowers would you prefer?
“You have to understand that we farmers… we’re gonna deliver to the marketplace what the marketplace demands. If you wanna buy $2 milk, you’re going to get a factoryfarm in your backyard. It’s that simple. People have got to start *demanding* good, wholesome food of us, and we’ll deliver; I promise you. We’re very ingenious people, we will deliver.”
This movie killed me. About 15 minutes in I was in hysterics. About 30 minutes in I got sick. About an hour in I couldn’t watch anymore. At the end of the movie I was disgusted with society and, honestly, was very close to moving to Mars. As if that was even a possibility.
I agree with all the sceptics noting that this documentary features worst of the absolute worst, but even knowing that saddens me. An animal had to die to get on your plate and, unfortunately, what these sceptics don’t realize is that despite this movie featuring the most dramatic examples it still is a reality in some places. Why would you willingly support this?
Demand = supply.
“It is the human earthling who tends to dominate the earth, oftentimes treating other fellow earthlings and living beings as mere objects. This is what is meant by ‘speciesism’. By analogy with racism and sexism, speciesism is a prejudice or attitude or bias in favor of the interests of the members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species.”
Meat The Truth (2008)
This documentary focuses on revealing the impact that livestock has on our environment and how vegetarianism and veganism are the number one ways to save the planet from global warming. Not recycling, saving water or electricity, but becoming a vegetarian or even better a vegan!
Before watching this, I felt a little reluctant about sharing my new lifestyles changes here on my blog openly because I don’t like the stigma that follows veganism. However, now I have realized that, if talking openly about these issues will result in someone, skipping meat (I’m not even talking about going vegan) for one day a week then it would be selfish of me not to talk about this.
“If all Americans did not eat meat for one day a week, they would save 99.6 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions. This would be the equivalent of removing 46 million round trip flights between Los Angeles and New York, or taking 19.2 million cars off the road for a full year.”
Granted, do not call yourself an environmentalist, if you’re eating meat.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)*
This documentary brilliantly shows, how raising livestock is put as a priority over other species, land, and environment.
The film showcases how meat and dairy industries are not sustainable for the planet yet this is not acknowledged by governments, environmental organizations or people.
It’s almost humorous, how ignorant world is.
We see massive organizations fighting for saving the environment yet none of those actually acknowledge the main reason of Amazon rainforest being cut down and global warming taking place.
91% of Amazon rainforest is cleared out due to raising livestock.
It’s scary to realize that if the world continues like this we might be dead by 2030. That’s 15 years from now. It’s not even something that might happen in the distant future, this is what is happening now, every day and sooner or later it’s going to catch up to us.
It’s scary to know that federal policies are dictated by the heavy weight of meat and fast food industry. Everything revolves around making a profit and the only way out of this mess is reducing demand.
“But when I found out that animal agriculture was the leading cause of water pollution, rainforest destruction, desertification, and virtually every other environmental ill on the planet, I was shocked that the organisations I had trusted weren’t talking about it. … In some of the interviews, we spent almost the entire time educating the organisation’s directors about animal agriculture and the destruction it’s causing, even though it’s their job to know these things!”
“The truth does not change according to your ability to handle it.”
A great documentary that highlights vegan lifestyle health benefits and truly shows that a vegan lifestyle isn’t that hard or complicated.
It shows how many vegan alternatives there are, while also educating the viewers of the meat and dairy industry that lacks compassion, kindness, and integrity.
Forks Over Knives (2011)*
A MUST SEE!
They should show this one in schools to young children. It’s educational and explains the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
I felt it was important to share it with my mom, because I know, even though she supports me, she’s a little sceptical about my lifestyle changes.
A vegan diet is curing cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These are real people, real patients, and real results.
“If it walked, hopped, swam, crawled, slithered, had eyes, a mama and a dad – don’t eat it.”
“There is no money in health. You see, good health makes sense, but it doesn’t make a lot of dollars.”
In-depth explains, how a diet and vitamins have the power to cure and reverse chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Highlights the impacts on the body by consuming processed food and toxins and reflect of today’s medicine that focuses on ‘taking a pill to fix an ill’ approach instead of preventing it from happening and healing your body the natural way. Explains, how medical studies are funded by drug companies, therefore, the approaches explored and thought are focused on antibiotic production and consumption.
Depression is treated with antidepressants despite researches being done dated back to late 1800 to nowadays that suggest that a change of lifestyle and diet is equivalent to the intake of antidepressants and can have a positive effect on the patient.
What disturbed me the most, was that it’s actually illegal, yes, a crime, to cure cancer by high dosage vitamin intake in most of the world. What?Super Size Me (2004)
I actually saw this movie couple years back, however, quite recently after seeing Happy Healthy Vegan’s video on the golden arches french fries, I knew I had to re-watch this movie and include this in my Top10 movies list.
This film highlights, how important it is to educate yourself and truly it is best to eat at home, where you actually know, what you are putting in your body.
The movie pretty nicely shows what this processed, high fat, empty calories food actually does to a previously healthy and fit individual. The movie itself doesn’t necessarily promote a vegan lifestyle, but it does educate society about these billion dollar worth companies that claim to have the best interest in you (consumer) when in reality they are feeding you so much crap that actually does more harm than good.
But hey, at least you bought their french fries, right?
“[while consuming a double quarter-pounder supersize meal] See, now’s the time of the meal when you start getting the McStomach ache. You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I’ve got some McGas that’s rockin’. My arms… I feel like I’ve got some McSweats goin’. My arms got the McTwitches going in here from all the sugar that’s going in my body right now. I’m feeling a little McCrazy.”