Vegan Films and Documentaries on Netflix, Amazon Prime and more 

 April 4, 2021

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Go vegan by video

Video is an extremely powerful and pretty easy way to become informed about a topic very quickly. The combination of visuals and audio in 90 minutes for a price as low as free (if the documentary is on Netflix and Amazon Prime and you have a subscription to these streaming platforms) to perhaps $5 or so if renting on Vimeo or streaming directly from the filmmakers’ website. 

Most of us are the video generation, and unless you love books and read them voraciously, it can take a long time to get through it, whereas we can easily get through a whole documentary in an evening on a work night.  Plus it's more social.

Our criteria for including a film in this list

We have listed a lot of films and documentaries in this article, and the criteria as to include a film or not in this list is simple: we think the film or documentary should open your mind to new ideas in some way. 

If you have never thought about animal welfare before then some films are going to be incredible new learning for you.   Meanwhile, if just the idea of improving conditions for animals is where you're at, then films about factory farms are going to be very informative.   If you've been vegan for en years and you have recently started thinking about intersectionality, then it’s going to be other films that are going to help you. 

Ideally, you will watch many of these films over a period of time and learn more and more over time about these issues. 

Graphic Footage

The nature of this topic means that there can be a lot of graphic footage in these kinds of films.  Whether it is standard practice, cruelty by people in the industry, surgery scenes in the diet and health category, etc.  However, a lot of this content has not necessarily been officially rated and included on IMDB, so we've marked those films down as "unrated" in our list.  This is because these days, many films are independently created on a small budget and as they do not have a cinematic release, they don't receive any official certification.

If no certification has been given and you are watching with children, or if you or the viewers are sensitive or have residual trauma, make sure that you do your due diligence before sitting down to watch.

How to use the Google Editable Sheet

Just because you are a long time vegan doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to learn.  That’s why we have included a printable Google Editable Sheet with all of the film and you can tick them off as you watch them.

Once you sign up, you will get access to the link of the excel document.  You will be able to make a copy of the spreadsheet, or you can download it as an excel document or in another format.

Browse through the films on this post, look at the trailers, the reviews and the synopses, decide which ones you want to watch and make a note on the dropdown menu.

Once you've watched a film, tick it off the list.  Voila

Some ideas for using the spreadsheet:

  • Watch with friends and family members.  Can’t watch together in person?  Have a watch party and discuss it afterwards!
  • Decide to watch a film on a certain day.
  • Sort the spreadsheet for certain categories.
  • Share the document with other interested groups.
  • Add columns to make it yours: add comments, your 100 word review etc.

A word of warning: language matters

We have watched nearly all of these films.  Some of them we watched a really long time ago and they were created even longer ago in a different time.  Since 2016 there has been increasing awareness of problematic language used by the animal rights community.  Using phrases like “the animal holocaust’, ‘all lives matter’ as well as making comparisons to slavery and rape is now considered to be highly offensive.  It is very possible that some of the video here may also have been uninformed about these issues when they were created and if they had their time over they would hopefully not use this kind of language.  We would not include documentaries that use these ideas as the whole premise of the film.

We have decided to include these older documentaries even if they might have this problematic language and make these offensive comparisons. However, please make sure that you bear this in mind as you are watching the films and please don’t use these phrases and make these comparisons in your activism and when you discuss these topics with others.  This will not win anyone over and it will upset members of oppressed groups. 

Getting caught up in the research

The science and research that is quoted in the films, especially those related to nutrition, can be a bit of a minefield.  Any successful nutrition documentary will be ‘debunked’ by others. Use those critical thinking skills and try not to get caught up in the details and the credibility of a single source.


Also, you might also find that not all voices and diversities are adequately or equally represented in the films.  Some may even promote certain stereotypes.  This is something that we, as a community, need to do better with.  Hopefully, over time there will be more documentaries and films telling the stories of women, people of color and people with different abilities.

Can’t find the film with the link?

Annoyingly, films drop off different streaming platforms, sometimes just for a short time, and sometimes forever. If you can’t access it in the country you are in you can try accessing the streaming service with a VPN.  If that doesn’t work, head over to the film's official website or reach out on social media and see if they have some updated information.

Help us keep this list current

Help us keep this list current and diverse.  Let us know if there are other films that should be included, especially if they are inclusive and include voices that are often left out of this conversation.

A river of waste

Date/length/rating: 2009, 1h31, unrated

Synopsis: This heart-stopping documentary exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to condemn current factory farms as Mini Chernobyls.  In the U.S. and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact their practices have on the environment and public health, as well as the individual lives damaged and destroyed.

Why you’ll like it: The discussion of the waste produced from factory farms is not talked about much.  Get informed with this film.

Review: “The bottom line is vote with your fork. Vote at the ballot box. Educate others. Buy this video”.  Rose on Amazon

Hogwood A Modern Horror Story

Date/length/rating: 2009, 30min, unrated

Synopsis: This film explores the reasons behind factory farming and exposes the negligence and inaction by government bodies and corporations alike. It highlights how meat pollutes our planet and puts us at risk from disease outbreak. It explores why factory farming is supported and follows the brave fight to expose the truth and change the world.

Why you’ll like it: The UK prides itself on having some of the best animal welfare standards in the world which can sometimes lull the Brits in to false sense of security to believe that the animals are well treated. These undercover investigators bring truth to power.

Press: “I truly believe HOGWOOD can change the hearts and minds of all who watch it. This powerful documentary could put an end to the damaging animal industries which threaten our very existence. HOGWOOD must be shared far and wide.” Peter Egan

Tyke Elephant Outlaw

2015, 1h15, unrated

Synopsis: This is the gripping and emotionally charged story of Tyke, a circus elephant that went on a rampage in Honolulu in 1994, killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and died in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom - filmed from start to tragic end - traumatised a city and ignited a global battle over the use of animals in the entertainment industry. 

Why you’ll like it: It’s extremely sad, but important viewing. While Tyke made her desperate escape more than 25 years this will spur the viewer in to action 

Press: “She broke free of her oppressors and chose to be an elephant. It is a breathtaking display of courage, defiance and basic animal instinct... and for that she is clearly the hero of this film. May her story continue to change the world”.  GLENN COCHRANE.

dog by dog

Date/length/rating: 2015, 1h 26m, TV-PG

Synopsis: Dog by Dog is a documentary that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the US and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system. 

Why you’ll like it: You’re a dog lover and you want a deep dive on the interconnectedness between agriculture and puppy mills.

Press: "A must see if you are a dog lover and want to know why puppy mills are still in operation." kceci-96570


Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h 22m, unrated 

Synopsis: A farm that was turned into a sanctuary!  Former dairy farmer Jan Gerdes and animal rights activist Karin Mück are the founders of Hof Butenland. There is no livestock here, just rescued farmed animals who now enjoy a peaceful coexistence that seems almost utopian.

Why you’ll like it: An animal rights documentary with a happy ending!

Review: "Unique approach to a life with empathy for animals. There are many fact based documentaries which try to shock you. This film gives animals and identities and shows that it never is too late in life. The people who take care of the animals get very respectfully interviewed about things they regret. It really is a gem of a film. Highly recommended. Beautifully filmed leaves a long impression." William Moon

Date/length/rating: 2020, 1h39, mature

Synopsis: This award-winning film captures the untold love-hate story of Australia’s most famous national icon. Filmed in the distinctive Australian landscape, KANGAROO exposes the divisive opinions around this unique Australian icon that is subject to the largest mass destruction of terrestrial wildlife in the world. KANGAROO is a provocative tale of investigative journalism. The kangaroo is the second most recognizable tourist symbol in the world behind the Statue of Liberty. It is an image that defines Australia to the world. Yet since colonial times Kangaroos have been considered a pest and are killed at night in a barbaric manner.  Concerns over the animal cruelty exposed in the film along with dubious population numbers have sparked a global Social Impact Campaign to stop the brutal slaughter of kangaroos. With stunning unseen footage, Kangaroo is a must watch for all animal lovers.

Why you’ll like it: Most people don’t know about the attitude of many Australians towards kangaroos and that kangaroo skin is used in many clothing products. Watch it so you can let people know.

Press: The filmmakers are determined to sound a wake-up siren and they blast it here with extra strength. --The New York Times

Kindred Creatures

Date/length/rating: 2020, 1h08, unrated

Synopsis: “Kindred Creatures” is a feature length documentary exploring the ways of life of the animals used in animal agriculture. The documentary explores these animals’ personalities, the bonds they share with humans, and impactful stories of their rescue. Kindred Creatures also highlights farm animal sanctuaries and the wonderful work they do to help victims of animal agriculture and neglect. 

Why you’ll like it: You love hearing beautiful animal rescue stories.

Review: "This documentary is so well done and is a must see for anyone and everyone. I hope this documentary will open your heart and make you reconsider your choices in this world and hopefully you will start to make more compassionate choices going forward." -- Angelica

A bloody business

Date/length/rating: 2011, 0h42, unrated

Synopsis: In Australia the international trade in live cattle is a huge industry. But hidden behind the dollars is a gruesome and unpalatable truth. Through shocking footage, this explosive expose reveals the horrifying cruelty inflicted upon the Australian cattle exported to the slaughterhouses of Indonesia.

Why you’ll like it: You don’t know much about Australia’s live export industry and you will wonder if you your country has this practice too.

At The Fork

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h34, unrated

Synopsis: 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.

Why you’ll like it: While it is not necessarily an animal liberation message, rather an animal welfare message, it might be a good documentary to show to the most resistant not yet vegan.

Press: "A wide selection of guests, mostly farmers who are aware of the need for better treatment of farm animals, are on hand, background music is not overly sentimental or disturbing, and dialogue is easy to hear and understand"  -- Harvey Kartan

sled dogs

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h22, unrated

Synopsis: The idea of taking a ride with sled dogs in the snow sounds so romantic, or participating in long races with them sounds so romantic however, the life of these dogs is not quite so nice. These animals are kept chained up when not pulling the sleds. In 2011, after the Olympics in Whistler, a scandal came to light that changed many people’s perception of this commercial activity. After tourism’s demand for sled dog services decreased after the games, one of the sled dog operators killed 100 of his dogs and placed them in a mass grave. The public outcry from this, led many activists to dig deeper in to the industry to find out if animal cruelty is just a one off or inherent in the industry.

Why you’ll like it: Really helpful in learning more about what the beasts of burden in the tourism industry have to deal with.

Press:  “This gripping expos of the dark side of the commercial dog sledding industry, particularly as it pertains to Alaska's annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is a horrifying heartbreaker”  -- Gary Goldstein

baby hers

Date/length/rating: 2020, 15mins, unrated

Synopsis: Baby Hers is a heart-wrenching film that explores the innate love and universal bond between all mothers and their children, and questions whether even the best queso in Texas is enough of a reason to tear the two apart.

Why you’ll like it: This short really helps us make the connection between the strength of the bond between mother and child in humans and other mammals especially cows.

Press: “Heart-breaking and eye-opening, Susan Rosenzweig proves that a documentary doesn’t need to be lengthy or big budget to get its point across. Though only a brief fifteen minutes, Baby Hers shines a light on the American dairy industry, intending to show how consumerism and indifference have led to cruel practices that are uncomfortable to digest”  --Rowan Malyon.

plant pure nation

Date/length/rating: 2015, 1h35, unrated

Synopsis: PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. Using an approach consistent with the mainstream values of his hometown, he started small, offering ten-day “jumpstarts,” using freshly prepared plant-based meals and before and after biometric testing. How would these rural people, many of whom were raised on southern comfort foods such as meat, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, handle a plant-based diet? Would they lose weight and get healthier? Would their families and friends accept their diet and lifestyle change? Could this be the spark of something even bigger? Can a nationwide health revolution actually begin in a town as rural and small as Mebane?

Why you’ll like it: You’re interested in the health benefits of a plant-based diet and you feel inspired by stories of transformation.

Press:  “Plant Pure Nation” presents a compelling case and offers a simple solution to pervasive health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity.  This film is part of a grassroots movement that will hopefully inspire people to make healthier, scientifically based decisions about how they fuel their bodies" --Ira Israel


Date/length/rating: 2007, 50mins, unrated

Synopsis: The New York City horse-drawn carriage industry is highly controversial. "Blinders" takes viewers behind the scenes to expose the truth behind the tradition.

Why you’ll like it: You’ve never really thought about the implications of horse carriage rides this film is upsetting but necessary viewing to educate yourself on this unnecessary exploitation and help you talk with others.

Press: "The romantic notion of enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park is forever spooked by Donny Moss’ disturbing exposé of systemic inertia that leaves New York City’s herd of draught horses at daily risk of injury, disease and deadly accidents." --S. James Wegg

Unlocking The Cage

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h31, TV-14

Synopsis: This courtroom documentary follows the story of an animal rights lawyer Steve Wise trying to make history and get animals seen as ‘persons’ under the eyes of the law. 

Why you’ll watch it: A super documentary for those who are interested in law and enjoys discussion of big radical ideas.

Press: “A surprisingly suspenseful and compelling courtroom thriller... Simply put, Unlocking the Cage tells a great story.” --Anthony Kaufman, 

skin trade

Date/length/rating: 2009, 1h18, unrated

Synopsis: This older film features some celebrity guests who educate the viewer on the issues surrounding fur, especially the conditions they are kept in and the way they are killed. 

Why you’ll watch it: Chances are you are already against fur no matter what your lifestyle is, but watch it so you can be informed when discussing with those that still wear it.

Press"Skin Trade is a must-see wake-up call, not only to those who wear fur, but to those who think that fashion does not impact the environment. If you truly want to be green, stop wearing animals!" ~Ed. Begley, Jr., Actor


Date/length/rating: 2013, 1h31, PG

Synopsis: The fun children’s film about a pardoned turkey who while enjoying his life is kidnapped by the Turkey Freedom Front with the mission of going back in time and preventing turkeys being used in the first Thanksgiving.

Why you’ll like it: While the film takes a lot of creative liberties with the truth around the first Thanksgiving of course, the depiction of native americans is not ideal and is not trying to promote an animal liberation message, it does plant a lot of interesting ideas in the viewer about animals not consenting to being used, resistance, activism and fighting for what’s right.

Press: "Most minor animated movies are so rote that it’s worth acknowledging a strange bird like this cheerfully gonzo kid flick. It’s no masterpiece, but if you’re hoping for a family film that will keep everyone reasonably entertained, this will fly."  -- Elizabeth Weitzman


Date/length/rating: 2017, 2hrs, R

Synopsis: The incredible Korean director Bong Joon-Ho made this film just before he won it big at the Oscars with Parasite (2019).  It's the story of a new super pig named Okja that's been bred to provide meat for the world. While still in the experimental phase of the problem, Okja is being raised by a Korean small farmer and his daughter who loves Okja completely. The owners of the superpigs come to take Okja to New York and Mija with the help of the ALF set on a mission to save Okja from her fate. 

Why you’ll like it: You love high quality, well-directed films that tell a heartwarming story.

Press:  "Okja is a miracle of imagination and technique, and Okja insists, with abundant mischief and absolute sincerity, that she possesses a soul." --A O Spott

the ivory game

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h52, TV-14

Synopsis:  From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary thriller that goes undercover intothe dark and  sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.Award‐winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16months in China and Africa with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough‐as‐nailsconservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking.A production from Terra Mater Film Studios andVulcanProductions, this stunningly photographed exposé follows poachers in pursuitof the 'white gold' of ivory. Ultimately,the film becomes an urgent wake‐upcall that proves time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearingcloser and closer to extinction.

Why you’ll like it: A dramatic story that investigates and exposes  the underbelly of the ivory industry.

Press: ‘The resulting feeling of outrage will spur viewers into action’.  --Christy Lemire

more than honey

Date/length/rating: 2012, 1h35, unrated

Synopsis: The documentary travels the world to try to understand the cause of the collapse of bee colonies around the world. The film shows us how important bees are for our world’s agriculture, the bee industry and what can be done about it.

Why you’ll like it: This documentary will inform you about not only the complexities of bee behavior but help you understand these little insects are not only fascinating, but vital to the continuance of life on earth.

Press: “This is a beautiful, fascinating and truly disheartening documentary that should be a rousing call to arms, yet sadly feels more like a somber sigh of defeat”  --Patrick Gamble


Date/length/rating: 2006. 1h29, unrated

Synopsis: An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide.

Why you’ll like it: Beautiful stunning underwater images

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER - documentary, nature, animals used for food

my octopus teacher

Date/length/rating: 2020, 1h25, unrated

Synopsis: A diver swims daily with an octopus for more than a year that lives in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa and while doing that, he observes some remarkable behaviours. 

Why you’ll like it: Incredible underwater footage and witnessing behaviour which will simply leave you speechless

Press: “The lovely, incredible My Octopus Teacher will have you tearing up while you learn about the creature that forms an unusual friendship with a human”. --Linda Cook

call of life

Date/length/rating: 2010, 1hr, unrated

Synopsis: Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and indigenous and religious leaders, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.

Why you’ll like it: Deepen your understanding about the interconnectedness of the world’s species and the consequences of mass extinction.

Press: "Species around the world are disappearing faster than ever before due to our addiction to fossil fuel and other human activities. Call of Life helps us understand this horrible consequence of our actions or lack thereof—a painful but necessary understanding. Everyone needs to see this film."  --Terry Root, Ph.D.

project nim

Date/length/rating: 2011, 1h40, unrated

Synopsis: From the Academy Award-winning team behind 'Man on Wire' comes the story of Nim, a chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a breakthrough experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. What was learned about his true nature — and indeed our own — is both fascinating and profoundly moving.

Why you’ll like it: While extremely sad, you will learn more about the use of observational experiments of animals and how this can often go very wrong.

Press: "Engrossing, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, "Project Nim" makes you think about how scientists have treated animals for academic gain." --S. Jhoanna Robledo


Date/length/rating: 2017, 1h08, unrated

Synopsis: Set in 2067, Carnage looks back at a time when human beings ate other animals. For the young people of this time, the idea that their grandparents could have been complicit in a bloodbath of unnecessary suffering is wholly unimaginable. The film aims to break the taboo around Britain’s animal eating past, whilst showing compassion for a generation, now seeking therapy to cope with the horror of their unthinkable actions. Carnage combines archive with original drama and is narrated by Simon Amstell, who gives a unique comedic peek into a future where animals live equally amongst humans.

Why you’ll like it: This is a really funny film that uses humour to show the craziness why we eat animals and how things might change.

Press: "Carnage pokes fun at itself but offers its message as a peace-offering rather than a demand. Instead of having statistics directly shoved at viewers, Amstell’s feature simply lays out the effects of our current carnivorous culture and offers an alternate and better future, achievable through simple small changes – the rest is up to the viewer."  --Amelia Bacon

vanishing of the bees

Date/length/rating: 2009, 1h27, unrated

Synopsis: This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen?

Why you’ll like it: Bees are so important for the continuing of our agriculture so find out more about how!

Press: “Alarming enough to convince you that this is an issue that needs action at the highest level.” --The Daily Express


Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h30, unrated

Synopsis: Telling the true story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the Botswana wilderness, who became orphaned after a month. The keepers of the camp work hard to become surrogate mothers for the little one.

Why you’ll like it: You want to just watch a cute film with a lovely ending.

Press: "The film is a testament to the will and love of Naledi’s caretakers, and the “star”’s own courage to continue to shine." -- Ashley Sullivan

Born to be free

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h14, TV-14

Synopsis: BORN TO BE FREE is a revelatory investigative film made by three intrepid, free-diving journalists Gaya, Tanya and Julia, about the global trade in wild sea mammals. Their journey takes us to the most remote corners of Russia and witnesses, for the very first time, the shocking treatment that whales, dolphins and walruses are subjected to as we discover the corruption at the heart of this cruel international business. A sad and scandalous story of eighteen belugas - white bowhead whales - languishing in tanks in the hot Black Sea coast. A story that has brought us - freedivers who always communicate and dive with free dolphins and whales in their native element, behind the scenes of many dolphinariums and helped to reveal a number of ugly secrets and hidden facts.

Why you’ll like it: you want to be informed about other species that can end up in international aquariums.

Press: "This film was actually very educational for me. I highly recommend it to antis and pros, ESPECIALLY pros. It's important for us to keep in mind that even good aquariums are far from perfect. We as fans need to pressure aquariums to do the right thing as well."   -- Deviant Art


Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h14, TV-14

Synopsis: Turlock: the documentary chronicles the rescue of chickens from the largest animal neglect case in U.S. history. When Northern California animal sanctuary Animal Place finds out a factory farm in nearby Turlock has closed, and more than 50,000 hens have been abandoned and left to die without food or water, a team of professionals and volunteers spring into action to save as many lives as they can. Against considerable odds, considerable stakes, and a dramatic standoff with local authorities that leaves them powerless as they witness tremendous animal cruelty, neglect, and suffering, the heroic rescuers somehow find light in the fragile beings they are able to save.  Turlock: the documentary also raises timely questions about how we view non-human animals and modern industrial egg farming, a living nightmare for hundreds of millions of hens in the U.S. alone. Whether caged, cage-free, or free-range, these quirky, social, loving animals are denied all natural behaviors, experience fear and stress, and suffer from diseases. The film also introduces several chickens lucky enough to be adopted into happy homes, where their unique personalities are allowed to blossom. 

Why you’ll like it: A sad but beautiful story of a huge chicken rescue.

The Witness

Date/length/rating: 2000, 0h43, unrated

Synopsis: In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.

Why you’ll like it: Everyone can take action for animals.

Press: “The Witness is about changing your life, taking a stand for those who can’t and being true to what is right… It’s a call to all of us to do something, to make a difference.” – Alicia Silverstone, Actress

breaking the chain

Date/length/rating: 2020, 1h02, unrated

Synopsis: A new documentary feature from executive producer Anjelica Huston, Breaking the Chain, follows fieldworkers with PETA's Community Animal Project as they visit impoverished areas of Virginia and North Carolina to give care to mistreated animals who—without their help—would continue to suffer or even die. These heroes work on the frontlines of the animal neglect and overpopulation crisis, dedicating their lives to saving the less fortunate and alleviating further suffering against almost unimaginable odds.

Press: "BreakingTheChain from executive producer Anjelica Huston, tells the inspiring story of PETA’s dedicated fieldworkers on the front-lines of the animal neglect & overpopulation crisis."  --Bonnie-Jill Laflin

the elephant in the living room

Date/length/rating: 2012, 1h36, PG

Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary story of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions that he loves like his own family. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry’s male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway.

Why you’ll like it: You’re curious about the exotic pet industry and the legal status behind it

Press: “An impeccably made film.” --LA Times

BEYOND THE MYTH: A FILM ABOUT PITT BULL AND BREED - documentary, companion animals

beyond the myth

Date/length/rating: 2010, 1h32, unrated

Synopsis: Beyond the Myth is a film about dogs commonly referred to as "pit bulls" and those who love and defend these breeds. It explores the contributing factors behind the public's generalized fear of "pit bulls," and examines the conflict existing between advocates and opponents of breed discriminatory laws, as carried out in three cities that ban pit bull-type dogs: Denver, Miami, and Cincinnati-along with San Francisco, which requires the animals to be spayed and neutered.  —Libby Sherrill

Why you’ll like it: You love pitbulls and want to know more about the status of so called ‘violent’ breeds of dogs.

Press: “This film is fantastic”. --Victoria Stilwell

bold native

Date/length/rating: 2010, 1h45, R

Synopsis: Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. Bringing their critically-acclaimed documentary style to a fiction narrative, Gather Films weaves a timely story about those who risk their freedom for the lives of others. 

Press: "Surprisingly great movie with a good message but it can be very graphic at times especially for animal lovers there are some hard scenes to watch in it. Watched this movie for Dianna but stayed for the content."  --Jazzie Hart

from the ground up

Date/length/rating: 2017, 1h35, unrated

Synopsis: In the feature documentary FROM THE GROUND UP, former meat-eating college football player Santino Panico goes on a journey to rediscover the athlete within--this time, as a vegan. As he meets with vegetarian and vegan elite competitors, this story about food and sport expands to confront the social norms and far-reaching impacts of food choices.

Why you’ll like it: You want to prove to your non vegan friends that you can be vegan and an athlete

Press: "Though it is overshadowed by many foodie and eco-themed docs before it, the film's tight focus may make it a hit with earth-loving athletes who need to convince teammates and family members they aren't crazy to give up meat." --John DeFore

food choices

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h31, TV-PG

Synopsis: 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. T-Wolfe

Why you’ll like it: You’ve watched lots of other documentaries on this topic, but you need to watch just one more documentary before you commit!

Press: "In short, it was a good overview or introduction for newcomers and people who have not yet learned much about eating plant-based. Though it wasn’t particularly thorough, it covered a lot. I would recommend it to non-vegans and new vegans. And while it could be elementary for veteran vegans, it could give us some new ammo for unwarranted interrogation from non-vegans!" --Megan Oliver

what the health

Date/length/rating: 2017, 1:37, unrated

Synopsis: An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organizations keeping this information from us.

Why you’ll like it: You want an introduction to the science of the whole foods plant based diet and why this discussion is not happening in mainstream medicine. 

maximum tolerated dose

Date/length/rating: 2012, 1h30, unrated

Synopsis: Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) is the first feature-length documentary by Decipher Films. The film charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand, with hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians who's ethics demanded they choose a different path, as well as the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage. MTD aims to re-ignite the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.

Why you’ll like it: You have started exploring the more complex areas of animal exploitation and want to understand more about animals used in research.

LIVE AND LET LIVE - documentary, animals used for food, environment

live and let live

Date/length/rating: 2013, 1h20, unrated

Synopsis: Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

Why you’ll like it: You just can’t get enough of vegan films and you want to see this content but in another country’s context (in this case Germany)

Review: "A powerful documentary about our food choices and the horrific ways we exploit and abuse animals, as well as the disastrous effects animal agriculture has on our environment. Several prominent vegan health experts and physicians are also featured in this documentary."  -- Princess Kristen Leia

called to rescue

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h05, unrated

Synopsis: Called to Rescue is a documentary film that showcases the incredible work being done on animal sanctuaries for the fortunate farm animals who have been saved from the modern animal agriculture production machine.

Why you’ll like it: You want a joyful story that will be uplifting and inspiring

Review: "I absolutely love this film/documentary! It touches your heart and literally shows you the extent of an animal's emotional range! I appreciated the fact that it did not show glory, sad animal footage, but celebrated the joy, kindness and love that animals possess. This is something I could show to my grandchildren or elderly friend and everyone in between, and all would be touched! ❤ I don't think you can walk away from this film and not be changed. Absolutely wonderful!"  --Dog Mom

the ghosts in our machine

Date/length/rating: 2013, 1h33, unrated

Synopsis: THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid.

Why you’ll like it: Critically acclaimed documentary following the word of Jo-Anne Macarthur.

Press: The Ghosts in Our Machine’ champions animal rights: “Finely wrought…Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population – what they owe us, what we owe them.” LA Times

eating animals

Date/length/rating: 2018, 1h34, unrated

Synopsis: Eating Animals is the feature-length documentary adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's critically acclaimed book of the same name. The film reveals through intimate narratives what has happened to our country in the past 40 years as we have moved away from traditional farming communities to massive industrial farming complexes that produce a seemingly endless supply of so-called "cheap" meat, eggs, and dairy. What starts out as a simple question - where does our meat come from? - quickly takes us down the rabbit hole of today's industrial animal agriculture and becomes an exploration of the ultimate stakes of eating animals, the destruction of farming, and the complete unwinding of the American mythos.

Why you’ll like it: This beautifully produced documentary with star power gives the reader an insight in to intensive animal agriculture.

Press: “A persuasive, far-ranging case offers plenty to chew on.” --New York Times


Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h26, PG

Synopsis:  James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.

Why you’ll like it: You like glitzy well-produced documentaries and you are open to the idea that 

Press:  “Overall, The Game Changers makes an excellent case for the benefits of plant-based diets, particularly in connection with a vegetarian diet’s contribution to athletic success and overall physical prowess.  If you want to be physically fit, forget about meat and follow a vegetarian diet” --The Film Sufi

what about protein

Date/length/rating: 2018, 1h04, unrated

Synopsis: Breaking down myths about plant-based diet, veganism and high-performance sport throughout the "Transiberian for the Animals", a solidarity challenge taken place in Spain, which raised funds for animals and social welfare organizations.

Why you’ll like it: You love non English content on topics you love 

Review: "This documentary addresses the questions vegans (or low-animal product eaters) get about how they fuel their bodies. It's especially helpful for athletes and active young people." --Ryan, Amazon Prime user


Date/length/rating: 2018, 2hrs, R

Synopsis: Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind's dominion over the animal kingdom.

Why you’ll like it: While graphic, this film is well produced and edited and shows the whole gamut of animal exploitation while being narrated by Hollywood A listers. It’s not easy viewing.

Review : "I went to see a free screening of this after being urged by a friend who is vegan. I came up with every excuse to avoid watching it until I gave into peer pressure... It's a gruelling 2 hours with no apologies made for its transparency. It'll rip you open and make you question your morals, beliefs and everything you were taught was normal in society. On the plus side, I've found vegan food isn't that bad after all!! Definitely recommend that everyone watch this, but it's not for the faint hearted."  --rebee-46873


Date/length/rating: 2014, 1h47, R

Synopsis: Through a combination of hand-held and hidden camera footage, Lucent explores the darker side of Australia's pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.

Why you’ll like it: You're Australian and you think that perhaps things aren’t that bad over there. If that’s you, prepared to be enlightened.

Review:  "This is an excellent documentary bringing light upon a very important, yet ignored, topic not only in Australia but also around the world. It was not an easy watch, but it was a truthful documentary. It was emotionally moving as the documentary exposes the meat industry that many Australians and people around the globe don't know about, yet participate in every single day. The cinematography was well done in this movie. The documentary was extremely well put together, easy to follow. The narration was deeply moving. Overall it is a very good documentary. The duration was just the right length. I highly recommend everybody watch it and educate yourselves."

vegan everyday stories

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h31, unrated

Synopsis: This is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread - they're all vegan. The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultra-marathon runner, who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher's wife, who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl, who convinces her family of six to go vegan.

Why you’ll like it: Who doesn't love a little bit of vegan inspiration!

Review: "Great stories of people following their emotions and going against their traditions to be champions for the cause of compassion for animals. I really connected with the movie. The 8 year old girl speaking out for animal rights after she learned that the meat she was eating came from animals, then convincing her parents to go vegan, was so inspiring. I remember the moment I learned that as a child, but was told I had to eat my meat. I'm one week into a plant based diet and found this movie very supportive of my choice to go vegan." --Leeann

THE MILK SYSTEM - documentary, animals used for food

the milk system

Date/length/rating: 2017, 1h30, unrated

Synopsis: There's one thing milk stands for - health. It's seen as natural and nutrient-rich. But is it really that healthy? We set out to take a critical look at the milk system. Along the way we'll meet farmers, dairy owners, politicians, lobbyists, NGOs, scientists. The film uncovers surprising truths behind the system. Who profits at whose cost? Does the system have a future and are there alternatives?

Why you’ll like it: You’ve uttered the words, “cows give milk” or “milk is natural”.

Review: “The miserable lives of the cows, the impact on the environment, the challenges faced by large scale dairy farmers and the exaggeration of the benefits of milk consumption by governments and the industry - it's all made clear in this film, as is the beauty of doing things organically. It was fascinating to see this all play out, watch it”.  --amazon customer

before the flood

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h36, PG

Synopsis: A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

Why you’ll like it: Very slick documentary that’s critically acclaimed.

Review: "In this film, Leonardo Di Caprio presents a compelling, objective and fascinating journey of his campaign to combat activities that cause climate change. It is a wonderful film because he presents solutions at the end, proposing ways that we can all work together to overcome the threat of climate change."  --Amazon user

a prayer for compassion

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h31, unrated

Synopsis: The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest across America, that ultimately takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the questions, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? And can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”

Why you’ll like it: You have faith and want to see how showing compassion to animals

Review: "This documentary demonstrates over and over how people from diverse backgrounds have a common belief in love and compassion. It's beautifully done, gentle, and brings up some very important misconceptions." --Andrea, Amazon

FARMAGEDDON - documentary, animals used for food


Date/length/rating: 2011, 1h26, unrated

Synopsis: Farmageddon is the story of a mom whose son healed from all allergies and asthma after consuming raw milk, and real food from farms. It depicts people all over the country who formed food co-ops and private clubs to get these foods, and how they were raided by state and local governments.

Why you’ll like it: You have started thinking about industrialised farming and want to learn more.

Review: "We CANNOT stay asleep at the wheel. Food is a universal issue that should be a concern to everyone on the planet, but especially in America and Canada, the ONLY nations who allow GMO food. Go find out why. Your life and freedom depend on it."  --Cow Town Girl (Amazon user)

73 cows

Date/length/rating: 2018, 15mins, unrated

Synopsis: A beef farmer struggles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter, and so sets about doing something extraordinary.

Why you’ll like it: Such a lovely film about a farmer in the UK who wants to do better for his animals.

Press: "A beautiful, thought provoking and moving film telling the story of a farmer's struggle with his conscience." --Shelia_Mary IMDB

HOPE what you eat matters

Date/length/rating: 2016, 1h40, unrated

Synopsis: H.O.P.E. is a life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet high in animal-based foods. It contrasts the limited interests of the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry with the all-encompassing interests of living beings on this planet and with the power of responsible consumer action. H.O.P.E. is an urgent call to action to all of us to commit to a change towards sustainability and safeguarding our living environment.

Why you’ll like it: A high quality documentary that will leave you wondering about who will look actually cares about your health.

Press: "Its intentions are pure, however, and even for those who are not of a vegetarian or vegan persuasion I recommend a viewing. It is not too late to ensure our legacy and save our home - and maybe, this feature will prove transformative in the years to come."  --UK Film Review

eating you alive

Date/length/rating: 2018, 1h48, unrated

Synopsis: Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and erectile dysfunction.  Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before.  Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.

Why you’ll like it: You want more information on the whole foods plant-based diet.

Review: "Highly informative and well paced. A great introduction to plant based living and the benefits of this type of dietary lifestyle. Recommended!"

running for good

Date/length/rating: 2018, 1h14, unrated

Synopsis: From Executive Producer James Cromwell and award-winning director Keegan Kuhn comes Running for Good the feature-length sports documentary following world record marathon runner Fiona Oakes in her attempt not only to set a new global record in endurance racing, but to compete in the "toughest footrace on earth," the Marathon Des Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert.

Why you’ll like it: The hero of this film is just an incredible person who just deserves all our love and support to help her help animals.

Review: “I was deeply moved by this awe-inspiring story of how a woman has overcome a disability that would put most people in a wheelchair, to become a world record breaking ultra-marathon runner, fueled by a plant-based diet.” — John Robbins, best-selling author


Date/length/rating: 2017, 1h15, unrated

Synopsis: Ed is commissioned to make a documentary intending to change those habits of society that are harmful to animals. But completely alien to the animal protection movement; he will realize that to carry out the project, he must first convince himself.

Why you’ll like it:  Follow a non vegan do a deep dive into areas regarding animal use in Spain!

Review: “Different approach to talk about animal suffering and issues of veganism, I think pretty effective. I just wish it was in English. Definitely worth watching”.  --Amazon User

SEA THE TRUTH - documentary, animals used for food, nature, environment

sea the truth

Date/length/rating: 2010, 1hr, unrated

Synopsis: Sea the Truth focuses on the current state of our oceans and seas, which, according to leading scientists, will be empty within 40 years if we continue to catch and eat fish at the current rate.

Why you’ll like it:  Marine animals are in trouble. Learn more watching this film.

Press: "Excellent documentary. Thank you! It's time the world begin to discuss our biggest issue we all face as humans - overpopulation! It's real and we should be talking about these things before it's too late." --Topdocumentaryfilms.com

BEE MOVIE - animated film, animals used for food

Bee movie

Date/length/rating: 2007, 1h31, PG

Synopsis: Fresh out of college, Barry the Bee finds the prospect of working with honey uninspiring. He flies outside the hive for the first time and talks to a human, breaking a cardinal rule of his species. Barry learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for centuries, and he realizes that his true calling is to obtain justice for his kind by suing humanity for theft.

Why you’ll like it: An enchanting film that does not have a vegan message, but starts looking at the ideas of stealing from animals is wrong.

Review: "The most genuinely apian aspect of “Bee Movie” is that it spends a lot of its running time buzzing happily around, sniffing out fresh jokes wherever they may bloom."  --NY Times

the invisible vegan

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h24, PG

Synopsis: The Invisible Vegan explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices. The documentary begins with the personal story of Jasmine Leyva, a 30-year-old black actress and filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. Over the past seven years, Leyva has committed herself to veganism, both in lifestyle and research.

Why you’ll like it: This film was created by POC for POC, but white people should watch it too. One of our favourites,

Press: “Everyone should WATCH this new vegan documentary, as it is the first film that discusses FOOD JUSTICE and many other aspects to veganism!” --Zade Vimeo

the end of meat

Date/length/rating: 2017, 1h34, PG

Synopsis: The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption; explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet; and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.

Why you’ll like it: It’ll change the way you see animals.

Press: “Made by filmmaker Marc Pierschel, the film looks at a future without animal agriculture and meat. The narrative is almost post-apocalyptic, with a world where animals thrive without fear of being killed for human benefit and consumption”.  --Vegan Life

the last pig

Date/length/rating: 2017, 56min., unrated

Synopsis: In the rolling hills of Upstate New York, a farmer is in crisis: after years of raising pigs, he can no longer bear the ultimate act of betrayal. This award-winning film chronicles his final year on the farm, capturing in intimate detail the farmer’s personal upheaval as he questions his beliefs and the value of life. The Last Pig is an immersive snapshot, a tale of choice, grit, and the changing landscape of animal agriculture. The farmer’s inner reflections share his struggle to align life with values, and through the story’s simple intimacy, the farmer’s moral quandary quietly becomes our own.

Why you’ll like it: Such a beautifully produced video that will calm and inspire you.

Press: “The Last Pig doesn't give us an easy dichotomy between "good" small farms and "evil" factory farms. Instead, it invites us to linger in the discomforting space between our values and our practices. Why should pigs be commodities when dogs are companions? Does "happy pigs make happy meat" really make sense? While environmental degradation and urgent attempts at climate action are both hurtling forth at breakneck speed, Argo's film forces us to slow down and ask why, and for whom, we take action in the first place”. --Monica Stanton

diet fiction

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h24, unrated

Synopsis: The film exposes the most popular diets on the planet as well as several misconceptions about weight loss and nutrition. The film follows the audacious filmmaker Michal Siewierski (Food Choices) in his treacherous journey.

Why you’ll like it: You want another film about the whole foods plant-based diet.

Review: "Well presented, informative film highlighting the need for more information to the American public about the correlation between food and chronic disease. Highly recommended!" --Tania Linn

THE BIG FAT LIE - documentary, diet, sport, health

the big fat lie

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h24, unrated

Synopsis: At age 58 Grant is rushed to hospital with a heart attack and is told he needs open heart surgery. This documentary tells his story of discovering how a whole food plant-based diet could turn his life around, and his journey to find out why government officials hadn’t warned him of the real dangers of fat. Grant also seeks interviews with New Zealand’s Heart Foundation, Cancer Society and major milk and beef companies.  In the course of his journey Grant interviews; 7 professors, 9 doctors, 8 specialists and numerous case studies where people are delivered from; heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, cancer and gastro disease.  This film confronts the established medical institutions’ reliance on medicine and surgery, while ignoring the outstanding health benefits of a plant based diet.  Grant uses wry humour and grandchild snippets to illustrate, when on his mission to not only show that animal products are dangerous, but a plant based lifestyle rewards fantastic health.

Why you’ll like it: Yes, it’s another whole foods plant based diet, but it’s from New Zealand!

Review: "A documentary ultimately doesn't tell you what you should and shouldn't do, but subtlety gives you the information (and blocking of information) for you to make up your own mind. More questions need to be asked; but these questions NEED to be answered."  --wayne-09107

racing extinction

Date/length/rating: 2015, 1h30, unrated

Synopsis: A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Why you’ll like it: A wake up call we all need.

Review: "Racing extinction is a documentary about how human interference has directly or indirectly eliminated most of the species in recent years. It describes at this pace we will be eliminating 50% of the known species by 2050. The documentary presents us with options how we can deal with this. It shows how the mindset of people can be influenced for good and right. It gives us the message of lighting a candle instead cursing the darkness. At the end it is shown how pictures or a film can prove beneficial in making the role of humans to realize their responsibility.Change is always resisted. People don't like change. We may be at fault for many things, but it's never too late to correct ourselves and in this case, it is high time!”  --MuviFan73

food inc

Date/length/rating: 2008, 1h34, PG

Synopsis: Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the US food industry, exposing the highly-mechanized underbelly hidden from the consumer. The US food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and our environment.

Why you’ll like it: You want to learn about the highly mechanised and industrialized food industry as it exists today.

Press:  “If the way to an audience's heart is through its stomach, Food, Inc. is a movie you're going to love.” --Peter Travers

the animals film

Date/length/rating: 1981, 2h16, unrated

Synopsis: The film offers a comprehensive examination of the exploitation of animals in modern society.

Why you’ll like it: Watch the first full feature length documentary that was banned from being aired on TV for many years for fear that 'incite crime or lead to civil disorder.'

Press: "The most impressive film maudit, possibly too hot to handle... stuffed with footage never before shown, and a wealth of newly-shot material often taken undercover, which documents... mankind's degradation, exploitation, and often pointless torture, of the creatures who share our planet. ...Proves, beyond contradiction, that this behaviour is not just random or personal but part of our organised society, with drug companies, government departments, scientists, military authorities, factory farmers, university research laboratories, for their own selfish ends, for profit in money or prestige. I do not know when I have come out of a screening so moved by the power of the cinema as a medium to transform the entire sensibility of an audience." --Alan Brien

the animal people

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h37, unrated

Synopsis: Animal rights activists use public protests and a fledgling internet to campaign against the world's largest animal-testing lab, but this leads to government surveillance, re-written laws, and indictments for domestic terrorism.

Why you’ll like it: Be in awe of the incredible activists who risked everything to shit down animal research facilities.

Press: “GUT-WRENCHING... GORGEOUS... The triumph of The Animal People is its ability to make audiences feel the seething rage of its central characters… should be required viewing.” --The Model American

A FALL FROM FREEDOM - documentary, animals used in entertainment

a fall from freedom

Date/length/rating: 2011, 1h22, unrated

Synopsis: The first comprehensive film to reveal the long and sordid history of the captive whale and dolphin entertainment business. Many of these marine parks and aquariums are directly or indirectly responsible for the death of thousands of the very animals they use for public entertainment. Premature deaths. Trainer injuries. Illegal practices. Educational misrepresentation. Government incompetence. Secret deals. These and many other issues are presented, and documented for the first time in this powerful documentary.

Why you’ll like it: A deep dive into the whales and dolphin entertainment.

Press: “An important contribution to the world.” --Our Hen house

for the birds

Date/length/rating: 2018, 1h32, unrated

Synopsis: A woman's love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys—all 200 of them—ignites a battle with local animal rescuers and puts her marriage in jeopardy.

Why you’ll like it: You love human interest stories.

Press: "Deeply humanistic... it's a film not to be missed."  --Noah Gittell, Washington City Paper

deadly dairy

Date/length/rating: 2017, 17mins, unrated

Synopsis: Deadly Dairy’, shows how laws related to animal welfare, environment, food safety and human rights are rampantly violated in Indian dairies. 

Why you’ll like it: You want to dig deeper in the relationship between humans and cows in India.

Press: :”Now I see that white milk is red as blood.” --Youtube comment

WATSON - documentary, activism


Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h39, unrated

Synopsis: Co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean's wildlife and its habitat.

Review: "Watson is a phenomenal documentary by Lesley Chilcott. It's about Captain Paul Watson, a man who dedicated his entire life to defending the world's oceans, its habitats and the wildlife living within it. Much like his poetry, you can see, feel and hear his passion for protecting the oceans throughout the movie. One might think that's enough, but not for this movie, there's so much more to learn from it.  Lesley Chilcott did a wonderful job capturing the real Captain Paul Watson. She not only looked at Paul Watson as the founder of Sea Shepherd, but also as the loving husband and father that he is. This is a MUST SEE film!"   --Kimkim65

the herd

Date/length/rating: 2014, 21mins, unrated

Synopsis: A number of kidnapped and trafficked women find themselves imprisoned in a squalid medical facility. For Paula her continued survival relies on her basic human function.   Escape, on any level, is seemingly impossible as the women are condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their captors; for one reason only – their milk.  The Herd replaces female cows with female humans, and by doing so hopes to promote a greater understanding of the suffering inflicted upon cows in the dairy industry.  Known as the first feminist vegan horror film.

Why you’ll like it: You like horror. It shows a lot of violence to women, so please take care.

Press: “Propaganda? Arguably. Thought-provoking, uncomfortably truthful and unsettling? Undeniably.” --Exquisite Terror

test subjects

Date/length/rating: 2019, 19mins, unrated

Synopsis: Test Subjects explores the pressure on aspiring scientists to experiment on animals in order to earn their diplomas.

Why you’ll like it: You are being asked to dissect animals for study or you have wondered whether we need to test on animals.

Review: "Test Subjects is such a thought-provoking film. I had no idea that our institutions of higher learning require such cruelty from its students." --christineleible-87188

planet of the humans

Date/length/rating: 2019, 1h40, unrated

Synopsis: A Michael Moore film, Planet of the Humans takes a harsh look at how the environmental movement has lost the battle through well-meaning but disastrous choices.

Why you’ll like it:  You love Micael Moore films and you want to see what the controversy with this film  is all about.

Press: “Essential viewing.” --Salon


Date/length/rating: 2020, 13mins, unrated

Synopsis: A new documentary short tells the story of Akashinga, the all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe that is facing down poachers and saving wildlifeWhy you’ll like it

Review: "These ladies are true warriors. May they remain safe protecting themselves, their homes and their environment."  --Jennifer Lyons

AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS - documentary, animals used in entertainment


Date/length/rating: 2013, 40mins, PG

Synopsis: Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.

Review: "Watching this movie was hard. Very hard, even for someone like me who knew about the tremendous abuse these elephants suffer since the time they were born and tore away from their mothers, till they die a beaten animal around 40 years age, half their normal life span. Might as well die early - why live this way?"  --fbook-arp


Date/length/rating: 2013, 1h30, PG

Synopsis: This documentary explores the work of two well-respected doctors, Campbell and Esselstyn, who realized that a transition to a plant-based diet not only can prevent, but also reverse many of our biggest killers. 

Why you’ll like it: See one of the first mainstream films that started the discussion on the benefits of a whole foods plant based diet in reversing chronic disease.

Press: "Fast food is lethal. Parents who feed it to their children are helping them get hooked on fat, salt and sugar addiction. The facts are in. Didn't I warn you to stop reading?"  --Roger Ebert


Date/length/rating: 2014, 1h30, unrated

Synopsis: Examines the relationship between animal agriculture and global warming, water pollution, rainforest destruction, and species extinction. It is meticulously researched, and you’ll come away feeling empowered and knowing you are on the right track.

Why you’ll like it: This was the film that really started the mainstream conversation about the link between the consumption of animal products and the environmental problems of the world.

Press: “Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet”. --Louie Psihoyos


Date/length/rating: 2009, 1h32, PG

Synopsis: This documentary was nominated for an Academy Award. It explores the plight of dolphins kept in captivity and where these animals come from. Tanji in Japan is the location for the biggest wild dolphin capture. Many are killed, and others are exported overseas to work in zoos and dolphinariums.

Press: “There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best — a certain Oscar nominee.” --Roger Ebert


Date/length/rating: 2011, 1h16, unrated

Synopsis:  This is the story of three New Yorkers’ journey as they do a vegan experiment for six weeks. It is funny, light-hearted, entertaining, and informative as it explores their successes and challenges.

Press: “I've loved this documentary ever since I first saw it, and now I finally bought it myself. It's super relatable and is what really pushed me to go vegan. You relate to everyone as they begin their journey into veganism, and by the end you can't imagine eating another animal product ever again”. --Audrey


Date/length/rating: 2009, 1h18, unrated

Synopsis: This award-winning 70-minute documentary tells the story of several traditional farmers forced by their conscience to re-examine their relationship with animals. It is touching to see how the farmers adopt a vegan lifestyle and create a sanctuary for abandoned, destitute farm animals.

Review: "A must see film for everyone." --niche_biche


Date/length/rating: 2014, 2h01, R

Synopsis: A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior. Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. 

Why you’ll like it: Every moment’s great but that last scene!

Press: “You just want to take Hagen home with you and adopt him”. --Derek Winnert


Date/length/rating: 2013, 1h34, unrated

Synopsis: Speciesism is a documentary that focuses primarily on factory farming with a mix of philosophy, relating to animals’ role in our human-run world. Director Mark Devries, who is in his early 20’s, sets out to investigate the world of factory farms. The film takes its name, Speciesism, from the term coined in the 1970s by British psychologist, Richard Ryder, who claims animals can be classed at different values than their human counterparts. Devries’ film works on changing this belief.

Why you’ll like it:  The first film that actually digs deep into the term speciesism.

Press: "About the movie, I've been thinking about it a lot actually and was raving about it to my wife. … I've come to the conclusion at this point that my thoughts about humans vis-a-vis animals are basically irrational, which is hard for me to swallow!." –David, Washington, DC


Date/length/rating: 2014, 1h40, unrated

Synopsis:  tells the story of four characters fighting to protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world's last mountain gorillas, against war, poaching, and the threat of oil exploration. Following gorilla caregiver, André Bauma, central sector warden, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, chief warden, Emmanuel de Merode, and the French investigative journalist, Mélanie Gouby, the film focuses on the natural beauty and biodiversity of Virunga and the complex political and economic issues surrounding oil exploration and armed conflict in the region.

Why you’ll like it: Why are the gorillas in danger? The answer will surprise you!

Press: “With enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films, Orlando von Einsiedel’s extraordinary documentary “Virunga” lays out the complex of deadly forces threatening the titular national park, an UNESCO-designated World Heritage site in eastern Congo”.  --Variety


Date/length/rating: 2015, 1h39, unrated

Synopsis: This documentary is the sequel of Shaun Monson’s popular 2005 documentary, Earthlings (it’s not as graphic as Earthlings). The film explores the reasons why humankind could not live in unity with other stakeholders of the planet, despite so much evolution in religion, philosophy, and technology. A look into the human condition.

Why you’ll like it: This film is deep. If you are spiritual this film will reasonate with you.

Press: "I’m still not quite sure what to make of this film, but it certainly won’t be one that I forget – maybe that’s the whole point?” --Salty Popcorn

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