10 Must-Watch Vegan Documentaries (Netflix and YouTube)!

These vegan documentaries urge us to rethink our diet by lifting the veil on alarming scientific facts and the indecent methods of the food industry which take advantage of fish scales, intestines, and other parts of animals. Even the beauty industry is responsible for a lot of cruelty to animals. 

Vegan Documentaries: Top 10 MindBlowing Docs On Netflix and YouTube

In Short: 

  • This article is not here to convince you to go vegan, essentially these documents make it easier for you to understand vegans who are tired of explaining to everyone why they are vegans.  
  • The animal industry is often singled out for destroying the environment, through emission of greenhouse gases, overconsumption of water, deforestation, extinction of species or other disasters that destroy the planet. Several documentaries explore the subject. 
  • When everyone is informed about the reality of the food industry, it’s easier to understand why some people love the planet more than debates about iron deficiencies. 
  • So here are the vegan documentaries that I recommend if you are ever interested in the subject or if you still have trouble understanding why your vegan friend likes to eat a dish of rice and red beans so much.

Vegan Documentaries On Netflix 

With conflicting information on the benefits of meat and dairy products, a handful of directors dove deep into this un-easy subject for Netflix. While there is financial gain from selling a documentary on Netflix, the bigger picture invites us to question our diet and present veganism as a real alternative to consider. 

1. Okja

Supported by a 5-star cast (including Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal), this film tells the story of a little girl who tries to save Okja, her giant pet, condemned to the slaughterhouse. 

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the film forces us to question the reality of factory farming and is also a sharp criticism of a certain capitalist society, in the frantic search for profits, full of cynicism.

2. What The Health

Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn in 2017, What the Health was heavily criticized upon its release, but it cannot be denied that it raises some interesting issues. 

It paints a vitriolic portrait of the American agri-food industry and its financial agreements with various health organizations, including those dedicated to cancer. 

The documentary focused on the disproportionate use of antibiotics in cattle farms, creating antimicrobial resistance that is harmful to the consumer. 

Or the antagonism between diseases (cancer, diabetes, etc.) and the protein and lactose-rich diet promoted by the various sponsors of certain national organizations. The documentary also reviews some current myths surrounding nutrition. In the same style as Cowspiracy (documentary also directed by Kip), it will confront health organizations and understand why they continue to promote the consumption of animal products. Several well-known experts, such as Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, or even Dr. Michael Klaper, provide their contributions and comments. 

One takeaway from this was to demolish the idea that the common man is above all “a hunter” rather than “a gatherer”, when everything suggests that it is rather the reverse (the size of our teeth, our complex digestive system, etc).

3. The Game Changers

In addition to guaranteeing more energy and strength, we also discover that the vegan diet would promote erection. If you call that a game changer, then keep reading: 

Following the thoughts and research of sportsman James Wilks, all directed by Louie Psihoyos, The Games Changers is one of the most talked about Netflix documentaries in 2019. 

After an injury and worried about the faltering health of his father, he produced a series of portraits of vegan athletes who affirm that their 100% vegetable diet allows them to accomplish feats that they could not have envisioned.

Produced by James Cameron, the document is aimed at the world of nutrition and, most importantly, to put an end to some of the myths surrounding the vegan diet. If you still think that “vegans are weak”, have deficiencies, do not have a quality diet or are still doubting the benefits of this diet, The Game Changers will change your mind.

Thanks to the participation of several doctors and high-level athletes (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kendrick Farris), the documentary looks back on the changes that we can perceive when we transition to a plant-based diet. 

Posted on Netflix on October 16, The Game Changers shatters the myth that you have to eat animal protein to have muscle. If this subject divides doctors, nutritionists and sportsmen, this documentary launches the debate.

4. Cowspiracy

Among Netflix’s most famous documentaries, Cowspiracy puts a few thoughts into perspective. 

All vegans have become vegans for different reasons, even if in the end we all agree on the same opinions. Some have entered this way of life because of the environment. 

The directing duo Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn were reunited with this document to show that with industrial breeding in its sights, there are a whole host of parallels between animal agriculture, the disproportionate pollution it generates. 

The production of milk and bacon causes a lot of environmental damage that we do not necessarily realize: air pollution, holes in the ozone layer, deforestation, and so on. 

This poignant film paints the reality of the deplorable living conditions of animals and the dramatic impact it has on the environment. 

5. Food Matters

Questioning the impact of our food, Food Matters shines a light on health and the environment. The show ended by concluding that the vegan diet remains the most ecological and the healthiest. 

Produced in 2008 by James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma, one can discover the substantiated research of a series of professionals (nutritionists, naturopaths, etc.).

Vegan Documentaries on YouTube

1. Earthlings 

Why eat a cow and not a dog? Why love one and eat the other? This question is the one answered in this documentary, through shocking images on the treatment of animals. 

The documentary will make you realize the atrocity of animal exploitation, so Sensitive souls refrain. But if you want to educate yourself on the subject, don’t be afraid to take a look!

2. Land of Hope and Glory 

In Land of Hope and Glory, vegan activist Earthling Ed shows and explains the farming conditions of the most exploited land animals on Earth (pigs, cows, birds and sheep). Well documented, each of the images is dated and the name of the farm or slaughterhouse is also indicated. The filmed practices are in the United Kingdom but it still highlights standardized ways of doing things around the world.

3. Forks Over Knives 

If your health is a priority, if you want to know a good, healthy and effective way to lose weight, if you like fitness or nutrition: this documentary is made for you. Here, no shocking images, no hippie talk to change your lifestyle, but just exposed facts that open your eyes to what you put in your body.

The documentary puts the spotlight on the whole-foods plant-based diet. This diet is touted as the only diet capable of preventing and even eradicating chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. 

The documentary highlights researchers Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of the famous Campbell Report or, in English, The China Study). Forks Over Knives promotes a complete plant-based diet as a solution to overcoming certain diseases.

Once you know what goes in your body, you’ll be more inclined towards eating mindfully. 

Even sugar can be poisonous if we analyze it, but finding a way to substitute or reduce is a perfect solution. 

4. Blackfish 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km4t7TUiA84

Tilikum, an orca weighing nearly six tons, attacks a trainer, in front of the spectators. The park closed the case calling the accident victim negligence. The killer whale, a source of large income for Seaworld Aquatic Park, resumed shows a year later. 

Released in 2013, the documentary Blackfish looks back on history and denounces the conditions of the captivity of marine animals and particularly Orcas. Several former SeaWorld healers testify there about the living conditions of the orcas. They are confined to several in boxes of a few square meters. Starved in order to make them cooperative and forced into a traumatic cohabitation, the sons are forced to mate with their mothers. 

Baby whales that initially came to the aqua park were also hunted and stolen from their family, and while they hunt and play in packs, the consequences being lead to greater aggressiveness.  

The subject is difficult to broach. But the quality of the images, the passion of the speakers, and the accuracy of the words used make it easier to watch the film. 

5. Meat the Truth

Meat the Truth was created in response to other documentaries on the environment and climate change. It aims to bring new elements to the discussion. The aim of this documentary is to educate consumers on the role of the animal industry in the degradation of the planet. It mainly focuses on land breeding.

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