Netflix has some great movies, series, and also documentaries. There is a whole plethora of documentaries, and Netflix features some very good ones that explain a lot of questions you may have about veganism.
For example, athletes building muscle on a vegan diet? Check
The relationship between food, a global health crisis, and big pharma? Check
Animal agriculture and the effect on the environment? Yes, check mark too
Orcas kept in captivity, and animal rights? Check
The consumption of a wholefood, plant-based diet to reverse or prevent several chronic diseases? Yes, that too.
Personally, I love Netflix, I’m often watching some series there and the occasional movie, but the documentaries are well worth mentioning, especially if you are interested in learning more about any of the previously mentioned topics.
The Game Changers – Muscles on Brussels Sprouts?
Well, perhaps not Brussels sprouts, but you get the idea, building muscle on a plant-based diet. There are, in fact, many athletes who thrive on vegan diets, to name just a few: Venus Williams, Patrick Baboumian, Torre Washington, Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Derrick Morgan, David Carter, Colin Kaepernick, Wesley Woodyard, Griff Whalen, Fabian Delph, Jermaine Defoe, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and there are many more …
Like I explained in my article about plant-based protein, protein is found in many plants, and you do not need to consume an animal to obtain said protein. Plant protein is actually better, for it lowers the risks of heart disease, and it may increase your sexual performance (hm, that last one sounds pretty convincing to me 😉 Eat your vegetables, man!)
In The Game Changers, James Wilks – ex UFC fighter and martial arts expert – explores the truth about meat, protein, and strength, revealing the power of a plant-based diet. This documentary is very interesting, you’ll be intrigued.
Cowspiracy – the Sustainability Secret
I saw Cowspiracy only two years ago. I watched it with my students in class, upon their request. They often asked me about veganism, and I am always happy to answer any questions they have. (They have already graduated) When they ask me to watch certain documentaries, I am happy to comply, after I get the school’s and parents’s permission. Cowspiracy was a great documentary, an eye-opener.
This documentary is about animal agriculture which is scientifically proven to be a leading cause of water pollution, deforestation, species extinction, and a lot more issues our world is facing today.
Filmmaker Kip Andersen goes on a quest to find out why environmental organizations still do not do enough to prevent all this, and he tries to talk to representatives of these organizations, discovering the real reasons why everyone is refusing to address this. The truth is shocking, and then again, not that surprising if you think about it.
Cowspiracy is highly recommended.
Forks over Knives
This is another good one.
Forks over Knives is very educational and informative. It talks about the effects of processed foods on our bodies and it encourages eating a wholesome plant-based diet. This documentary features physician Caldwell Esselstyn and nutritional biochemistry professor T. Colin Campbell who explain how certain diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease can be avoided by consuming a plant-based diet, avoiding processed foods and animal-based food products.
You can also find out more info on Forks over Knives website and they even offer a cookbook with lots of healthy and delicious recipes.
Does Sea World ring a bell? And do you remember Tilikum, the orca who was responsible for the deaths of three people, including two trainers? Blackfish follows his journey and it focuses on the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. This documentary shows interviews with former killer whale trainers and Non-Human Rights Project Director of Science Lori Marino.
Capturing whales and separating them from their natural habitat and their species causes stress and bad health to the whales, as is shown in this film. Tilikum’s attack on the trainers is also included.
Blackfish is not easy to watch, but it is a must see for anyone who is interested in animal rights.
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With these four documentaries, you will get information about different aspects that relate to veganism and/or a plant-based diet. All four are very good and very informative, they are all worth watching. In a previous post about vegan celebrities I also mentioned Joaquin Phoenix who narrated the documentary Earthlings. That documentary explores our use of animals for food, clothing, pets, entertainments, and science.
Earthlings is the hardest documentary I have ever watched, but don’t let that scare you. If you are an animal lover or you care about animal rights, then you should watch it, but don’t watch it alone, and be prepared to use a lot of tissues …
Accompanied by a soundtrack that was created by Moby and in the presence of Joaquin’s compassionate voice, this film looks at pet stores, puppy mills, slaughterhouses, and other businesses that use animals, revealing the truth with graphic footage.
This list I shared with you today is very short. There are many many more vegan documentaries available, and they are just as good, but I wanted to focus on these four for now. I think that an overload of information is not always that helpful, but if you are interested in finding out more, I will be happy to share more documentaries with you in another post. Please let me know in the comments 🙂