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A few days ago, I received a request for a post on inspirational films related to vegetarianism/veganism. Because I am heavily involved in both the film world and the animal welfare world, I can’t believe I haven’t already written such a post! Although I have touched on some of these films in the past, it seems only right to put together somewhat of a database in one post. You don’t have to be vegan/vegetarian to appreciate these films. You need only to have ever loved, appreciated, or respected an animal in your life to see worth in these pieces of art. Please check some of them out, and I would be thrilled to hear your responses to them:
This groundbreaking documentary, directed by Shaun Monson and narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, has absolutely changed the world as far as animal rights education goes. I know countless people who have made significant life changes just from seeing this movie. It’s pretty hard not to. It addresses the five primary ways in which humans use animals- as pets, as food, as clothing, as entertainment, and as test subjects for products/”science”. I’ll say this upfront- it’s a difficult movie to get through. However, it contains such crucial information that I think it’s important for every proponent of animal rights to see. You can check out the trailer here, and watch it for free at www.earthlings.com.
2) Bold Native
I won’t go on and on about this film, since I have already done so so much recently. This fictional film addresses the most extreme group of animal rights proponents, who are so passionate about liberating abused animals that they risk their lives/futures to do so. It’s an amazingly brilliant film, and it’s finally available to rent/buy on iTunes. Definitely, definitely worth the $4.
3) I Am An Animal
This HBO documentary tells the story of Ingrid Newkirk, the co-founder of PETA. Ingrid is one of the most controversial people in the animal rights movement, and they definitely address this issue in the film. I’m not even sure if this film will motivate people to embrace a vegan lifestyle- it might even make people think you have to give up your normal life and become a crazy activist (YOU DON’T!), but I really enjoyed learning about her story. I can’t find a trailer, but for a taste you can watch the first 7 minutes here.
4) Food Inc.
My only caveat with this film is that it makes “humanely treated meat” seem a little more real than it actually is. It’s impossible to find humanely treated meat, because even the very, very few farms that are kind to their animals throughout their lives still send them to the same few slaughterhouses that treat their deaths the exact same way they treat animals from factory farms. The only animal product I think is possible to obtain humanely is eggs, but you would pretty much have to raise and love your own chickens for that to occur. Anyway, that said- this film is hugely important to see. I know numerous people who saw it and either went vegetarian/vegan or at least significantly reduced the amount of animal products they consume. It is a very professional, well-done, Oscar-nominated movie and I highly recommend it. If you have Netflix, it’s available to watch instantly online.
5) Fast Food Nation
I haven’t seen this movie for quite some time, so I can’t get too detailed about it, but I know I loved it. It’s nice because as far as I can remember, there is no real life documentary footage involved, so it’s a little tamer than some of the aforementioned films. It still gets the message across, and it’s fun and funny at the same time. It looks at the fast food industry from every possible perspective- animal rights, migrant worker rights, health, politics, etc.
6) The Cove
I can’t believe I almost left out The Cove! This fascinating film is so much more than a documentary. It’s the James Bond of animal activism. I’ve been privileged to meet many of the filmmakers as well as Ric O’Barry (the subject), so I can report that everyone involved in this film is still actively working to stop the dolphin slaughter. Once you’ve seen the film, you should check out Sea Shephed, an organization dedicated to ending the murder of marine animals. The Cove is also available for instant watch on Netflix!
* Forks Over Knives- New documentary about the extreme health crisis we are facing in America. I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailer looks rad.
* Behind The Mask- Once you watch Bold Native, check out this documentary about the Animal Liberation Front. It’s fascinating and emotional. This trailer is kind of long, but it should give you a good idea of what’s addressed in the film.
* Babe- Okay, this is pretty different from the rest of these films, but I know it has turned numerous children (including myself) vegetarian. James Cromwell, who plays Farmer Hoggins, went vegan after making this movie and is now a very involved animal activist. I’m not sure the viewing experience has the same effect on adults, but I felt like I couldn’t leave it off the list!
Did I miss anything?