Documentaries are not just for your entertainment. They are a different perspective that you didn’t think of before. They can open your eyes to the truth. I know that is what happened to me at least. I have always been a documentary fan. That was the reason I wanted to watch the movie “Forks Over Knives”. After that, I had to learn more. I watched other vegan based documentaries. Then it happened… I made the decision to change to a vegan lifestyle. I couldn’t believe what I had watched. I couldn’t believe what I had been told all those years. It was just to keep me a loyal customer to the meat and dairy industry. I don’t know about you, but these movies opened my eyes.
Keep reading to see the “Top 10 Vegan Documentaries”
1. Earthlings (2005)
Directed by Shaun Monson and narrated byJoaquin Phoenix, Earthlings is a documentary film by Nation Earth that portrays the pathetic treatment of animals. The 95-minute documentary uses hidden cameras to bring to you shocking footage of what goes on behind the closed walls of the meat industry.
Official Film website: Earthlings.com
2. Vegucated (2011)
Vegucated is a socio-comical documentary about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits. But during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.
Official Film website: GetVegucated.com
3. Live and Let Live (2013)
This beautiful documentary by Marc Pierschel interviews several vegan proponents and explores the health, environmental and ethical reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle. It tells the stories of 6 different individuals who turned vegan for their entire life; it’s touching indeed to see a butcher turn into a vegan chef, and a factory farmer into a farm sanctuary owner!
Official Film website: LetLiveFilm.com
4. Peaceable Kingdom (2004)
This multi-award winning 70-minute documentary tells the story of several traditional farmers who are forced by their conscience to re-examine their relationship with animals. It’s touching to see how the farmers adopt a vegan lifestyle and create a sanctuary for abandoned, destitute farm animals. There is a newer version of the documentary created by the same producer (James LaVeck) and director (Jenny Stein) in 2009 with a different starcast under the title, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.
Official Film website: PeaceableKingdomfilm.org
5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
Cowspiracy is a crowdfunded documentary film co-produced and co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. It tries to analyze the policies of various environmental organizations like Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network in the light of environmental impact of animal agriculture.
Official Film website: Cowspiracy.com
6. Forks over Knives (2011)
Forks over Knives is a health focused documentary that establishes a strong correlation between degenerative diseases and meat-based diet with some solid, statistical proof. The film features a team of doctors and researchers to highlight common pains and sufferings like obesity and diabetes that have become the fate of most Americans today, and asserts how it can be alleviated by adopting a plant based diet.
Official Film website: ForksOverKnives.com
7. Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009)
Simply Raw examines the correlation between vegan raw food and diabetes. The documentary features 6 diabetic Americans who go on a complete vegan raw diet for 30 days, and show some amazing results in terms of drop in blood sugar levels and reduced dependency on insulin.