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Best Vegan Documentaries

29th January 2017

There is one aspect of our modern, technology ridden lives that I credit for the rise in veganism in the last decade more than any other, the vegan documentary. So many talented, dedicated people are producing eye-opening, gut wrenching films that bring the reality of animal suffering, environmental impact and health issues into our homes and lives.

No other time in history has the flow of information been so abundant and the opportunity for change so easily within our grasp. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. The stories are being told, the questions are being asked and its up to us to answer in the only way that makes sense. I hope this pick of best vegan documentaries supports and encourages you along your Β vegan journey, whichever stage you may be.

Earthlings

An Earthling is one who inhabits the Earth. Focusing on the issue of speciesism in its many forms this film tackles our abuse of power and forces us to recognise our duty as caretakers of the Earth and all her Earthlings.

If I had to recommend one single documentary to non vegans then Earthlings would be it. Affectionately known as “The Vegan Maker” I credit it almost entirely for my own personal shift towards veganism. Do not be lulled by the softly spoken narration from Joaquin Phoenix and the soothing music of Moby, this film is not an easy watch.

The first of a trilogy, this part is presented in 5 chapters. They focus around pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research. In no uncertain terms mans every failings are highlightedΒ in brutal, heart wrenching, undercover footage. This film forces you to become accountable with its once seen, never forgotten approach.

Although it’s often criticised by vegans and non vegans alike for its graphic nature and shock tactics more than any other it achieves what it sets out to do. Challenging the three stages of truth – Ridicule – Violent Opposition – Acceptance. All those in violent opposition of this film need to take a long hard look at their own contribution to the issues it tackles.

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Unity

Known predominantly as the sequel to Earthlings this film is strikingly different in its approach. Rather than stimulating a gut wrenching reaction it appeals to us on a much deeper, philosophical level. Speaking to our energetic need for a shift towards a higher consciousness.

Unity stands in its own right as a powerful exploration of peace, evolution and interconnectedness. Exploring the notion of “Not the same, but equal.” This breathtaking film offers an all-encompassing view of the macro and micro cosmos of our place not only in the world and the known Universe but also within ourselves. The 5 chapters of this film consist of cosmic, mind, body, heart and soul.

The spine tingling musical score and mesmerizing visuals allow you to drift along and absorb the message in a way that Earthlings could not achieve alone. This for me makes them the perfect yin and yang, tackling the issues from all sides and where one falters, the other performs beautifully.

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Racing Extinction

A documentary like no other for spreading its message by appealing to a world-wide audience and hijacking our attention with stunning visual imagery. Using state of the art equipment and groundbreaking techniques art and activism collaborate perfectly to produce a beautiful, thought-provoking film.

We are taken on a covert journey from the furthest reaches of the ocean to our own back yards and ultimately held accountable as custodians of the earth. Dealing with issues such as habitat destruction, endangered species and imminent extinction level events.

This is the film I recommend above all others to begin changing people’s hearts and minds. Suitable for audiences of any age it starts a dialogue that stays with you long after the film has ended. The sad fact is that most people don’t have it in them to go vegan but they can and do feel a sense of responsibility for the issues that Racing Extinction presents. I challenge you not to cry at the breathtaking finale.

It’s better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness.

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Live and Let Live

What do a butcher, an olympic athlete, a factory farmer and an animal activist have in common? This wonderful documentary shows us how people of polar opposites can be capable of great change.

United in their compassion and pursuit of a vegan lifestyle we follow the stories of these people as they each demonstrate their awareness and awakening in their own unique way.

From the evolution of veganism to a rapidly growing movement Live and Let Live sensitively explores the ethics, logic and basis for adopting a vegan lifestyle.

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

With the tagline “The film that environmental organisations don’t want you to see.” It’s obvious from the start that this is going to get juicy.

This film delves deep into the questions that the worlds leading environmental agencies are afraid to tackle. Despite the valuable work that these organisations do there is an intentional avoidance of addressing the leading cause of environmental devastation; Animal agriculture.

The groundbreaking statistics and topics addressed in Cowspiracy challenge the misconceptions of climate change and make you re-asses everything you thought you knew about doing your bit to save the planet.

Watch the official trailer:

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo.


Before the Flood

This film follows Leonardo DiCaprio on his role as United Nations messenger of Peace. As he travels the globe, witnessing firsthand the effects of climate change on the planet and the mis-information presented as fact to the public. Unlike most small, Independent filmmakers Leonardo is able to use his influence to be granted access to some of the worlds leading scientists, spokespeople and authorities.

Dismissed by many as a publicity stunt most people will be unaware of Leonardo’s lifelong devotion to environmental and humanitarian causes.Whilst not ground breaking in its content the film lends fascinating insight into the politics of climate change and the weight and power of public opinion and action.

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Swine

At a mere 16 minutes long you’d be forgiven for thinking this short British film could not possibly get to the heart of the matter, but you’d be wrong. As the name suggests its focus is on the pork industry. This film should be mandatory viewing for anyone who’s ever dismissed the vegan argument down to a “bacon though.” mentality.

This post apocalyptic style short film artfully weaves together a fictional narrative and undercover footage with real world health issues. Unlike many other documentaries swine deals predominantly with the disease ridden reality of factory farming conditions. Focusing on the wider health implications, prevalence of superbugs and antibiotic resistance in the global food chain. Questions are raised which will have even the most hardened meat-eater wondering exactly whats lurking on their plate.

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Tell me in the comments below your top pick for best vegan documentaries and which has most helped you on your vegan journey.

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