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At the Fork (2016)

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Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With ... See full summary »

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Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America's farmers - real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.

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A very beautiful (and extremely emotional) filmgoing experience that everyone needs to see!
17 March 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'AT THE FORK': Five Stars (Out of Five)

A documentary that attempts to take an unbiased look at the animal agriculture industry. It's directed by John Papola, who's a self confessed omnivore, and it's co-written by John and his wife, Lisa Versaci Papola (who's a vegetarian), along with Christina Colissimo (who also co-wrote the 2010 animal lovers documentary 'ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT'). In the movie, John and Lisa visit multiple big farms together; as they attempt to thoroughly discuss the many moral issues that arise from farming animals for food. I think it's an exceptionally well made, and very moving movie

The film begins with director John Papola explaining how he's long been a big meat eater, and it's been a traditionally celebrated activity, with his family, for as long as he can remember. He then explains how he didn't start to really question the morality of what he's been doing (his entire life), until he met his wife Lisa. Lisa also comes from a big Italian family, with an obsession for eating meat, but she's a vegetarian. She's slowly convinced John to question what he's eating, and why. So John decided to make a film about it, and the two interview several farmers together, on the topic, throughout the rest of the movie.

I'm a very passionate vegan, and animal lover, and I really enjoyed this movie; despite the arguments made, by some in the film, in opposition to my beliefs. I think it does a good job of presenting both viewpoints, while still delivering the overall message that animal agriculture is wrong. I have a meat eating friend that watched the movie with me, and he enjoyed it as well; because he felt it did present the vegan/vegetarian argument without being overly forceful in that point of view. Passion is a very beautiful thing, and in most ways it's a huge advantage, but it can have some drawbacks as well; like not knowing the most effective way to support and argue your cause to a non-believer. I think this movie does a really good job of making the vegan argument, in a very effective way. Because of this, it's a very beautiful (and extremely emotional) filmgoing experience that everyone needs to see!

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