If you’re looking for a list of great movies to watch while you’re under self-quarantine, we have you covered. Thanks to Netflix and YouTube, many life-changing movies about food and animals are available and easily accessible.
Here are the best vegan movies to stream while you’re social distancing:
The Animal People
Actor and animal activist Joaquin Phoenix served as executive producer for The Animal People, which tells the story of six animal activists who were targeted by the FBI for exposing one of the world’s largest animal-testing labs.
The Game Changers
The world’s biggest myth about meat is about to be busted by this flick brought to you by James Cameron and Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship winner and military combat instructor James Wilks embarks on a “quest for the truth” that puts him in touch with top athletes and experts around the world who reveal that the best way to excel in sports and life in general is by eating plant-based foods. This eye-opening documentary is available on Netflix in most countries.
Netflix’s new series about humanity’s past and future of illnesses is eerily timed. While likely not intentionally a pro-vegan film, Pandemic documents the consequences of factory farming 50 billion animals a year for slaughter – and frankly, it’s terrifying.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the executive producer of this documentary, which takes on the meat industry, the most environmentally destructive force on the planet today. You can watch it on Netflix.
What The Health
Promoted as “the health film that health organizations don’t want you to see”, What the Health explores the troubling relationships among animal agriculture, big pharma, and government. It exposes the consequences of consuming meat, eggs, and dairy and makes you wonder, Why isn’t this common knowledge? Check it out on Netflix.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a deranged zookeeper in Okja, which is being called the world’s first vegan action movie. It’s available on Netflix.
Forks Over Knives
This documentary compares the Western diet with those of countries that have lower rates of cancer and heart disease. It challenges authorities who seem to be deliberately ignoring the link between meat, egg, and dairy consumption and disease in order to maintain the status quo, and it touts the many health benefits of vegan eating. Forks Over Knives is available on Netflix.
This powerful documentary turns a critical eye on dolphin-hunting traditions in Japan.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw
It was more than 25 years ago that an elephant named Tyke – who could no longer take the abuse that she experienced in the circus – crushed her trainer and escaped from an arena in Hawaii. This riveting documentary, available through Netflix, tells her story.
This documentary goes behind the scenes at SeaWorld in the U.S. to expose how captivity affects marine mammals. It offers powerful evidence from both undercover footage and the testimony of former employees who chose to speak out against animal abuse.
The film urges us to consider our relationship with nature and to think critically about the way our choices affect other animals – and it reminds us that we must do better.
Blackfish is available on Netflix.
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