With the abundance of vegan websites, books and documentaries floating around these days, we can often feel bombarded with so much information and not sure where to look first. That’s why I’ve curated this list of my top 5 vegan documentaries as the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to educate themselves further.
These following 5 vegan films are not only ideal for vegan newbies, they’re also great for anyone interested in learning more about veganism as a lifestyle, how it affects our health, and the direct impact that our food choices can have on global environmental issues.
My top five vegan films
I’ve chosen these particular five as I think they lay out all the facts and information in the most transparent, honest and evidential way, leaving viewers to make up their own mind without feeling pressured or patronised. They have helped me out a lot myself when I started researching the subject of veganism, and I continue to use them as reference points for my own knowledge. They’re also the films that I usually recommend to anyone curious enough to do their own research around the subject.
My top five documentary films about being vegan and saving the planet:
This is probably top of most vegan "films to watch" lists, and one that I've watched several times over, it's also available on Netflix. What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up documentary to Cowspiracy. The film explores the link between diet and disease, and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries. Shockingly, it exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and often keeping us sick.
It's a surprising, often hilarious and highly informative investigative film. It will be an eye-opener for many people to witness how large scale corporations and clever marketing influences our health. I particularly recommend this film as it seeks to educate its viewers by presenting simple facts, enabling us to really think more carefully about the food we choose to consume, and to not be so easily swayed by marketing.
Another vitally important documentary is Dominion. This highly informative documentary seeks to uncover the horrific truth around factory farming and modern animal agriculture. It's a real eye-opener for those who have never been exposed to the true horrors of what goes on behind closed doors. And it will change the way you think about food. While the film focuses mainly on animals used for food, it also explores other ways that animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.
The Game Changers is a 2018 documentary film about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes. For anyone who is into fitness (or even if you're not) this enlightening film covers multiple success stories of high profile plant-based athletes. It also features a wealth of celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Nimai Delgado (amongst others) who discuss their own findings and experiences with plant-based food. The shocking documentary presents groundbreaking science that will change the way you look at meat forever. It was certainly a "game changer" for me. The Game Changers documentary can be found on Netflix.
Branded the film that "environmental organisations don't want us to watch". Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing our planet. The film investigates how and why animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution across the globe. The shocking documentary reveals the devastating environmental impact that large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and the solutions required for global sustainability of a growing population. I urge everyone to watch Cowspiracy, I believe it is one of the single most important documentaries that strives to inspire saving the planet.
Racing Extinction is a 2015 documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. These activists endeavour to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction, that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species, by using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. You can watch the powerful documentary online here.
I don't often see this popping up on many vegan film lists, but I've thrown it in here as an extra one to watch. I believe it's a must-see for anyone interested to learn more about what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across our planet. In collaboration with National Geographic, Before the Flood follows Leonardo DiCaprio and his team as they travel across the globe witnessing first hand the devastating effects of climate change and what can be done to stop it. This films seeks to show the dramatic changes that have been happening to our planet over the past two decades, and where they are intensifying. You can watch this incredibly compelling film online here.
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