Must See Documentaries & Shows
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Now where's that popcorn?? Below are some of our recommended documentaries and shows to watch in no particular order - Please note that a lot of the recommendations can be found in the FMTV online streaming. Click on title to navigate to the official websites for more information and a deeper insight into the reasons behind the films and the truth about what really goes on in our food industries.
May I be Frank, 2010 - Frank Ferrante is 54, weighs 290lbs., had a lifetime of drug & alcohol abuse and as a result contracted Hepatitis-C. He's on multiple medications including anti-depressants, undergoing chemo and drinks 10 espressos a day to stay awake. One day Frank stumbles into Cafe Gratitude, a Raw food café in San Francisco, and meets Ryland, the café's manager. Ryland asks Frank, what is one thing you'd like to do before you die? Frank answers 'I want to fall in love one more time, but with a body like this, no one will love me, because i don't love myself.' Watch as Ryland, his brother Cary and best friend Conor, help Frank take on his weight, health, relationships and loving himself in just 42 days. Directed by Gregg Marks.
What the Health, 2017 - Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn uncover the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations doesn't want people to know about it.
73 Cows, 2018 - Alex Lockwood, producer and director tells you the story of Jay Wilde, the first farmer in the UK to trade beef farming for sustainable organic vegan farming, giving up his entire herd of cattle in the process.
Vegan: Everyday Stories, 2016 - Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread - they're all vegan. Directed by Glenn Scott Lacey.
Forks Over Knives, 2011 - Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes. Director and Screenplay by Lee Fulkerson and Producer John Corry.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, 2014 - Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. Directed by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn.
Live and Let Live, 2011 - Director, Producer and Screenplay Marc Pierschell takes you on a journey of six people who have switched to veganism, including former butchers and factory farmers, share their stories to examine the relationship between animals and people.
Vegucated, 2011 - Vegucated is a 2011 American documentary film that explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet. It "follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson Produced by Demetrius Bagley and Frank Mataska
Speciesism: The Movie, 2013 - A young man begins investigating the underworld of "factory farming" and soon discovers a growing political and intellectual movement that considers animals as important as humans. Directed by Mark Devries.
Earthlings, 2005 - Written and directed by Shaun Monson, Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
Unity, 2015 - a sequel to Earthlings, directed by Shaun Monson. Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on, none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years.
The Ghosts in Our Machine, 2013 - Directed by Liz Marshall. Activist and photojournalist Jo-Ann McArthur uses her camera to document the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocate for their rights as sentient beings.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, 2009 - Six people with diabetes switch to a diet of vegan, organic and uncooked food to reverse the disease without medication. Directed by Aiyana Elliott.
Planeat, 2010 - This documentary film discusses whether it is time to re-examine the love affair with meat and dairy. Directed by Shelley Lee Davies and Or Shlomi.
Dominion, 2018 - Filmmakers use hidden cameras and aerial drones to investigate the dark side of animal agriculture. Directed by Chris Delforce
Meet Your Meat, 2002 - Meet Your Meat is a 2002 short 12 minute documentary about factory farming created by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, narrated by Alec Baldwin, and directed by Bruce Friedrich and Cem Akin. The documentary explores the treatment of animals in modern animal agriculture.
Food Choices, 2016 - This documentary follows filmmaker Michal Siewierski as he explores the impact that food choice has on people's health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other species sharing our world. It looks at many misconceptions about food and diet, offering a new view on these issues. The film interviews world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Rich Roll, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Toni Bark, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Gloria Athanis, and several others. You will never look at your plate in the same way again.
Carnage, 2017 - It's 2067, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. Simon Amstell asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed.
Food Inc., 2009 - Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it's sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.
Before the Flood, 2016 - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. Directed by Fisher Stevens, Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Brett Ratner, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Trevor Davidoski and James Packer.
The Cove, 2009 - In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process.
Okja, 2017 - (not a documentary) - For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja - a massive animal and an even bigger friend - at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission. Directed by Bong Joon-Ho.
Blackfish, 2013 - The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.
Hungry for Change, 2012 - Filmmakers James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma expose the diet industry's deceptive strategies designed to keep people from losing and keeping off weight.
GMO OMG, 2013 - A father examines the relationship between genetically modified food and his three young children.
The Beautiful Truth, 2008 - A 15-year-old Alaskan teenager embarks on a cross-country road trip to investigate Dr. Max Gerson's controversial claim of a dietary cure for cancer.
Processed People, 2009 - Filmmaker Jeff Nelson investigates the effects of fast food on people's health.
The Gerson Miracle, 2004 - In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that claims to have cured tens of thousands of people worldwide since then, including patients's previously thought incurable by their doctors. For the first time, this film chronicles the epic "true story" of Gerson's miracle.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, 2010 - Morbidly obese and stricken with an autoimmune disease, a man endeavors to drink only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days in an effort to lose weight and reclaim his health.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, 2014 - Joe Cross examines how lifestyle choices impact overall health and how to make healthy habits last a lifetime.
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, 2009 - Certain farmers begin to question certain traditions and assumptions regarding their way of life, especially their relationships with and treatment of the animals in their care. Directed by Jenny Stein and Produced by James LaVeck.
Food Matters, 2008 - Food Matters is a 2008 film about nutrition. The film presents the thesis that a selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment. Directed by Carlo Ledesma.
Dying to Have Known, 2006 - Filmmaker Steve Kroschel investigates the legitimacy of a holistic cancer treatment.
A Cow at My Table, 1998 - A Cow at My Table is a 1998 documentary film examining Western attitudes towards farm animals and meat. It covers the conflict between animal rights advocates and the meat industry, and their respective attempts to influence consumers.