I make little secret of my firm belief that a vegan revolution is underway. As of yet, it’s just gaining gradual momentum. We make up only about 1% of the population. Want to know what’s going to blow this vegan movement out of the underground and into the mainstream consciousness? Two films, which are coming out this year within weeks of each other.
Sure, there have been books like Diet For a New America and Vegan With a Vengeance for a decade or so, but movies are so much more consumable! (And did you know most movie theaters serve vegan popcorn?) After becoming vegan, I felt obliged to read Animal Liberation in full, and I’m currently slogging through The China Study, with its extensive scientific data on the health risks of consuming even small amounts of animal products. I sell books for a living, and I’m very aware that not everyone’s going to read a book about animal rights, or about their diet. That’s why I was so thrilled to learn about Forks Over Knives, a documentary which will outline the incredible health benefits of a whole food, plant based diet. Many medical and scientific experts are featured in this film, most notably Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, Dr.Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
I think it’s perfect timing for this critical information to be shared with the public. People are ready to hear the truth about the link between their food and their health, and this film will refute pervasive myths about the healthiness of vegan eating.
The second film is fictional, but tells a very important story –one that would be difficult to show in any other way, though from what I can tell, it closely mirrors reality. Bold Native is about an animal rights activist and liberator, someone who illegally rescues animals, and who is pursued by the FBI for prosecution under a new law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, or AETA. (Another great article on AETA and its effects here.) I know this is a highly controversial issue, and I look forward to seeing how people react to the film. Are animals legal property, or are they creatures in their own right, with as much of a claim on their future lives as a human has? If the laws are immoral, should we behave lawfully or ethically? This film will drive viewers to think critically about issues they may never have considered before.
I anticipate the convergence of these two films this summer will bring about an expansion of veganism. Neither film has a specific release date yet, but to stay updated, you can follow them on facebook.
Forks Over Knives is at http://www.facebook.com/forksoverknives
Bold Native is at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bold-Native/162792945925