I decided to make a list of every film I could find that touches on the benefits of raw veganism, whole foods plant based diets, and just on natural healing in general, along with a few other films that I thought somehow belonged on this list. Some touch more on the sad state of the Standard American Diet (SAD), some are about ethical veganism, and some are geared more towards awareness of how we are destroying the very planet we live on. They are in no specific order. I provided links to watch the full films online where available.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Official Website | Trailer | Watch on: Youtube An independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication.
Forks Over Knives Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix Join Rip Esselstyn, former Texas firefighter and author of the national bestselling The Engine 2 Diet, as he guides the White and Wally families through an “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue.” Watch Rip teach these families how to take control of their health with a plant-based diet.
Food Matters Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix | The Official Site (for $4.95) With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.
Hungry For Change Official Site | Trailer This film exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with bestselling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories with people who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Vimeo | Hulu| Netflix The film that became a phenomenon. Inspiring, funny and heartfelt, the film chronicles the journey of Joe Cross across the US as he loses over 80 pounds, cures himself of a chronic illness, and helps change countless lives along the way. His secret: consuming only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.
Pure Fruit Trailer | Watch on: Vimeo Pure Fruit is a documentary film by Emile Bokaer, featuring fruitarians Mango and Kveta.
May I Be Frank? Official Site | Trailer This film documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante’s life. He unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco, Cafe Gratitude, a raw, organic, vegan cafe. As he becomes friends with the staff, he keeps returning to the cade where he feels welcomed and free from his collapsing personal life.
Food Inc. Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Netflix A 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.
Meet Your Meat Watch on: Youtube In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity’s cruelest invention―the factory farm.
Supercharge Me Official Site | Trailer A 2006 documentary film about raw foodism by Jenna Norwood. Norwood, inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, ate onlyraw vegan foods (i.e. uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) for thirty days and documented the changes to her health. The movie features interviews with raw foodists David Wolfe, Ben Vereen and Kathy Sledge.
Breakthrough! Official Site | Trailer | Watch on Youtube: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 This documentary was assembled from footage that Storm and Jinjee collected over the years. They have four raw vegan children. In the film they share the challenges that they’ve faced, both personally and with friends and families, and the differences that cooked vegan and raw vegan have made in their lives. They share nutrition information and information about the growth and development of their children, with taped visits to the doctor, and comparisons to CDC height and weight charts. There is a good section on raw vegans and exercise requirements.
The Gerson Miracle Watch on: Youtube | Netflix In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that has 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.
Dying to Have Known Trailer | Watch on: Youtube | Netflix Filmmaker Steve Kroschel went on a 52-day journey to find evidence to the effectiveness of the Gerson Therapy – a long-suppressed natural cancer cure.
The Beautiful Truth Trailer | Watch on: Youtube | Netflix This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy — and Gerson’s claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.
A Killer At Large Watch on: SnagFilms An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.
Processed People Official Site | Trailer Processed People features in-depth discussions with leading health experts detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers solutions to our current devastating health crisis.
Earthlings Official Site | Trailer | Watch on the official website 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.
Vegucated Official Site | Trailer | Rent/buy digitally through official website Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is a award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers from different backgrounds who, for six weeks, adopt a vegan diet and a whole new way of thinking about food.
No Impact Man Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix In this engaging documentary, a Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
King Corn Official Site | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.
Dirt! The Movie Official Website | Trailer | Watch on: Hulu | Netflix Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty!
If you have any other suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I would love to expand the list and watch more documentaries!
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