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Earthlings is the kind of movie that you show to the really stubborn person who really has no idea about the reality of the meat/egg/dairy industries. It has educated and inspired many people over the years to go vegetarian or vegans.
Forks Over Knives is mainly about the scientific discovery that animal protein is a potent carcinogen and that a plant based diet reduces your chances of getting western diseases such as cancer, diabetes, etc.
Vegucated covers both the above AND more! And what's best, it does it with style and comedy. If you can choose ONE film to show a friend, show this one!
For a no budget film this is really a great achievement and props to Marisa for taking her time to create this wonderful resource for vegans to educate their friends on this rather complex subject!
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian"
There is a lot of footage of slaughterhouses and factory farms, and some interesting info on how they have changed and impact the environment. The footage is graphic and gross. However, there is no balance the other way, to also show how plant farming has changed in the last fifty years and the impact large scale farming has on the environment, other than how it relates to animal feed.
The participants were also given very little information on how to go vegan in a healthy way, and neither is the audience. The doc preaches about the health benefits of veganism. However, the participants are encouraged to simply replace their animal products with highly-processed vegan versions, and implies that processed foods that are vegan are better for you. This includes: Oreos, Teddy Graham's, Duncan Hines frosting, fake meat, and partially hydrogenated oil spreads. And they take this to heart...at the six week checkpoint, they couldn't be prouder of their highly processed vegan foods in their refrigerators. They were also expected to go vegan with little support outside of each other and select vegan advocates. As someone who eats a whole foods diet (though not a vegan one), this really threw me off the whole documentary. NO health documentary should be advocating for consumption of highly processed food, particularly when there is so much documentation that links them to just as many health issues as the host says the meat and dairy industry cause.
My two biggest problems with the movie are as follows:
1. Anything vegan was automatically given a "free pass" and labeled as healthy. In reality, the host taught the three people to rely very heavily on highly processed meat-replacement foods. As one point the host happily told them that store bought frosting and teddy grams were vegan, so they were free game and I wanted to scream at the TV. For this reason, I think that the producers and host are either not very knowledgeable about nutrition and/or they don't care about health as much as they do the animals...
2. They really didn't spend a lot of time talking about HEALTH in this movie, oddly. The bulk of the movie was trying to convince them (and you) to go vegan, but they didn't approach it from an angle about becoming healthy so much as they tried to scare and disgust people by showing clips of animals being abused. Granted, there was the guest appearance of Dr. F, but the movie really disappointed me in that regard.
For my full review, see: http://www.drnicoledinezza.com/doctor-dinezzas- blog/a-review-of-vegucated
I'm a Vegan but that has no effect on my rating for this movie.
This movie doesn't seem to cater to any specific portion of the audience. Is it for people considering Veganism? Or is it for people who are already Vegans? It doesn't motivate you to a vegan diet more than tell you that you can be perfectly happy with a Vegan diet.
Its more of a Vegan experience video log than a movie or a documentary.
Though I support Veganism all the way and applaud this movie for that, I don't consider this to be a great documentary.
The information in this video gave me the confidence and tools to convert and stay vegan for 6 months (and counting).
Thank you so much for all that you do! I truly appreciate the love that went into this great work!
Don't get me wrong if you want to eat meat and consume dairy products it is your choice, all I'm saying is be educated about it and watch Vegucated, then your choice will be an informed one rather than a blind one...
They didn't touch on the human killing of farm animals done in certain cultures or "small" farms. A small farm is not a place with 3000 chickens.....biased.biased.
Over cooked soy can produce carcinogens...gmo vegan food is just as bad as animal fat...its about balance and making your own choices
Tell both sides of the story not just one.
I love vegetables and meat..and I am aware of what I am eating.
Before I'll start about the downside of this movie, I want to add that I am a vegetarian and am considering veganism.
The thing that really annoyed me in this movie and actually in general discussions about vegetarianism/veganism, is that vegetarians/vegans always try to prove they've made the right choice, by only showing the veganism supporting arguments, images, studies etcetera, without showing ANY nonsupporting arguments/studies. What about the risks of overconsumption of soy (which is easy with soymilk, because this is highly concentrated with soy), what about people with allergies/intolerances which heavily limit their food options, what about nutrients like vitamin B12 and DHA (an Omega-3 fatty acid), or maybe even some thoughts about the lack of availability of vegan products elsewhere in the world to provide a fully nutritious diet and there are many other points of discussion which are not as easy as you would want it.
For me there are also so many questions unanswered, which nobody seems to talk about and this subject is so much more complex than this movie is showing. At least they added a humorous touch to the movie (although some humor could have been better.. :)), which compensates this problem a little.
Overall, the movie is OK and especially a must watch for ignorant people (which we have LOTS of on this planet), but it would certainly not survive the real critic.
A mild favoritism towards veganism/vegetarianism would have been completely acceptable but this film didn't even entertain the fact that meat, in moderation, is entirely healthy, viable, and in many cases necessary, in the human diet. I chuckled when they went to the vegan market proudly advertising cigarettes on their marquee. It was also interesting to watch them go from talking about how healthy the vegan diet is and then go straight to saying that double-stuffed Oreos can be part of it. The fact is that there is absolutely nothing natural or necessarily healthy about veggie burgers, tofu, or veganaise. Had this film had taken a more unbiased and scientific approach it would have been credible to those of us who can think for ourselves.
The film is more about the ethical parts of being vegan and - though it touches on them - less about the environmental and personal- health related parts.
If you have not watched any films on veganism or animal-products, I definitely recommend watching this film. If you do know all the basics you can easily skip this one.
This documentary did a great job at explaining the importance of cutting animal food products out of someone's diet. I really enjoyed watching the movie because even though I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, it still succeeded in keeping the argument interesting. It sparked my interest by using real people and following around their lives. They continued to give realistic feedback that did not seem staged which made the movie more relatable. The three people in the movie were very down to earth and lived a similar lifestyle to me, and I'm sure other people, which helped prove the point of how simple it can be to change your eating habits. Also, the way Marisa interacted with the characters in a respectful and open-minded way made the documentary easier to enjoy. It never came across as if she was trying to pressure them to do something that they did not want to do.
Although this film was about cutting animal products out of your diet, it did not convince the audience by shocking them or causing them to become over emotional about the information. The documentary had many helpful facts and was more based on informing the audience rather than scaring them into the lifestyle. It had a different approach that worked better for me because it did not seem like Marisa was trying to shove veganism in my face.
There were many parts of the documentary that really stuck with me. For example, when all of them went to the factory farms and witnessed everything that happens to the animals that really opened my eyes and showed me how the animals were treated. Also, when they went to the grocery store to pick out vegan food and it was noticeable how many food items they could get. Overall, the movie did a fantastic job of making a very serious and critical issue seem relatable. It showed very important benefits that could help everyone realize how easy it is to switch to veganism.