Videos & Films
The Meatrix Series – several cartoon shorts by GRACE covering various aspects of factory farming and industrial food production.
True Cost of Food (15 min) by Sierra Club – educational and entertaining video about sustainable food.
Meet Your Meat (12 min) by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – a look behind the closed doors of today’s giant meat, egg and dairy product industries, revealing the abuse of animals raised for food. Bonus features include videos of celebrities speaking out for farm animals.
45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken (12 min) by Compassion Over Killing – week-by-week investigation into the U.S. broiler chicken industry, from hatching and factory-farm life to slaughter and packaging.
The Auction Block: An Inside Look at Farmed Animal Sales (19 min) by Compassion Over Killing – video footage from three livestock auctions shows a relatively hidden side of animal agribusiness.
Mercy For Animals – see recent undercover investigations of factory farm abuses.
Cowspiracy – Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population. (2014)
GROW! – is a 50-minute documentary that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers.
It’s not just ‘Old MacDonald’ on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump.
Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system’s inequities by growing clean, fair food. Mostly landless, they borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams of doing something meaningful with their lives.
GROW! takes a look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land.
Anybody who appreciates the value of good, wholesome food grown close to home, who cares about our food supply and the future of farming will want to see GROW! (2011)
Vegucated – (officially supported by A Well-Fed world) – Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.
There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans.
They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.
But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?
Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. (2011)
PLANEAT – (officially supported by AWFW) – PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet.
With a cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy.
PLANEAT features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones. (2011)
CHOW DOWN – If heart disease, the number one killer in America, can be stopped and often reversed with diet, why aren’t people given this information before being sent to the operating room?
With lighthearted animation and piercing expert interviews, CHOW DOWN exposes the 3 factors that fatally impact our country’s health: (1) the medical community’s allegiance to the status quo, (2) the government’s allegiance to the food industry, and (3) Americans’ allegiance to cheap, convenient food. (2011)
Forks Over Knives – What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions.
Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive yet so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?
Forks Over Knives 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. (2010)
Pig Business – Tracy Worcester set out to discover who was paying the true price for the cheap imported pork for sale in supermarkets. Documenting her investigation into intensive pig farming and the damaging impact it is having on the quality of our food, the environment, and the health and welfare of agricultural communities, True Stories: Pig Business infiltrates farms in Europe and America and confronts the biggest firm in the pig business.
FRESH – celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. (2009)
Death on a Factory Farm – an HBO documentary three years in the making, shows a six-week undercover investigation of Wiles Hog Farm. (2009)
Food, Inc. – lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now 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 own environment. (2008)
SuperSize Me -is one man’s journey into the world of weight gain, health problems and fast food. It’s an examination of the American way of life and how we are eating ourselves to death. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unravels the American obesity epidemic by interviewing experts nationwide and by subjecting himself to a ‘McDonald’s only’ diet for thirty days straight. His Sundance award-winning feature is as entertaining as it horrifying as it dives into corporate responsibility, nutritional education, school lunch programs and how we as a nation are eating ourselves to death. (2006)
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil – Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens, and from a highly industrialized society to a more sustainable one. (2006)
FED UP! Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives – using hilarious and disturbing archival footage and featuring interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, FED UP! presents an overview of our food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it. (2002)
Open Source Movies has a wide variety of free downloads.