What to Watch: Most Popular Vegan Documentaries
by Emily Neill
Here are our favourite vegan documentaries for you to enjoy while you’re isolating at home, ranging from “pass the popcorn” to “mind=blown”.
People add more plants to their plates for a whole host of reasons...Here at allplants, we’re excited by the scope of delicious food that a plant-based menu offers and the different inspirational routes all of which result in joining the plant tribe.
Whatever encouraged you personally, these documentaries are a great way to find out more about the benefits of trying a more plant-based lifestyle. We’re all about fiestas and feasts and today we’re venturing into a feast for your eyes and minds. And if you’re eating something tasty whilst watching, that’s an added bonus!
One of the most talked-about and eye-opening vegan programmes to date, Game Changers went viral around the world and inspired more people to try a plant-based diet than ever before. It literally changed the game! This documentary aims to debunk many of the health myths surrounding veganism, especially regarding athletic performance. It focuses on the virtues of vegan food and shows some impressive feats that plant-based athletes have been able to accomplish.
Competition for the title of “most famous vegan documentary”, Cowspiracy is what usually comes to mind when people think of vegan documentaries. It explores the impact that animal agriculture and the meat industry has on climate change. Focusing on sustainability and what we can do to be greener, it also speaks to organisations that aren’t using the most sustainable methods of farming. Made by acclaimed vegan filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, expect to feel shocked, concerned, and hopeful all at once.
What The Health?
What The Health? is a little more hard-hitting than the other famous vegan films in this list. Made by the same people behind Cowspiracy, this one focuses on connections made between certain dietary choices and a number of human health issues. It details the health benefits of a plant-based diet, both for us and the Earth. It’s incredibly interesting, however it’s not one for the faint-hearted. But it’s guaranteed to give you something to think about.
Live And Let Live
This is a vegan documentary with a big heart and a lot of soul. It follows a number of real people who are moving towards a more plant-based diet. Far from actively trying to persuade viewers to adopt a plant-based diet, it simply tells the story of real people who are. Live And Let Live is less about “shock and awe”, and more about kindness and “aww”.
Forks Over knives
This vegan documentary is right up our street. It’s all about the nutritional benefits of adding more plant foods to your diet and explores many typical eating habits from all over the world. It introduces us to detailed scientific research featuring the work of many nutrition experts, backing up our belief that plant-based food isn’t just delicious, it’s also nutritious. Find out more here.
Called to Rescue
One for any animal lovers and possibly the most uplifting vegan documentary, Called to Rescue follows the work of animal rescuers and sanctuary volunteers. It explores 15 different animal sanctuaries all across the US and the peaceful environments they’ve created. Expect lots of footage of animals playing and roaming around in the sun – what could be nicer than that?
The End of Meat
The End of Meat is a little different from other vegan shows; in many ways, it’s a thought experiment. It puts forward the idea of a world where no one eats meat anymore, exploring what this might be like by imagining what the effect could be on all areas of our lives, from our health to climate change. The End of Meat is a documentary that’s aimed at anybody who’s ever wondered “what if?” and it hopes to answer that very question.
Vegan: Everyday Stories
In a similar fashion to Live And Let Live, this documentary follows the lives of a number of individuals and what they have in common They all follow a vegan diet, but that’s where the similarities end. From ultra-athletes to young children to retirees, you’ll hear from people from all walks of life. It showcases just how tasty plant-based foods are and how easy it can be to incorporate them into your diet. No “doom and gloom” in sight.
By Emily Neill
Emily is our Content and Community Assistant by day, and qualified PT by… later that day. She couldn’t live without exercise (makes sense) so can usually be spotted in her favourite spin class, with our Three Mushroom Risotto for afters.