Essential Documentaries

Essential Documentaries 

We firmly believe that there are some documentaries that are so powerful they would change the world completely if more people watched them.

Many of these documentaries should be compulsive viewing – shown in schools and many public places.

Please watch – please share – please change!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”!

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is by far one of the most important and ground-breaking feature-length environmental documentaries of our time. It should be mandatory that everyone watches this – it should be shown on every TV channel in the world, in cinemas, theatres, on public transport, in schools, colleges and universities, in shops and any public place capable of showing it.

Cowspiracy follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the truth about the world’s most destructive industry and the one posing the biggest threat to our planet and all who live there! Kip investigates and tries to find out why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to actually discuss what is staring them right in the face.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of our climate crisis! It is responsible for deforestation, water consumption and pollution, for producing more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry combined, 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.

This was made in 2014 when Greta was 11 and long before Extinction Rebellion – yet here we are!

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Available on Netflix

– Peter Singer, author Animal Liberation
EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson. It is responsible for turning countless people Vegan and has inspired a global movement called Earthlings Experience

International Earthlings Experience Day!

Made in 2011 Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us today in the modern world can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Made in 2011 Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us today in the modern world can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

Land of Hope & Glory is hailed as the UK Earthlings. It shows the hidden truth behind UK animal farming. This informative and truthful documentary has been pivotal in proving that what we see in Earthlings happens here in the UK too!

This is the story of the dairy industry in the UK through 18 months of hidden cameras

Released in 2018 Dominion used drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture.

A Plastic Ocean

Made in 2016 A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

The True Cost is a documentary exploring the massive impact of the fast fashion industry on people and the planet.

Minimalism : A Documentary About The Important Things

We live in a world where most of us own way too many possessions. Minimalism is living in such a way that we only have what we need – this is beneficial for our own mental health because it reduces the desire for constantly chasing new possessions, hence never being satisfied. It also reduces physical clutter which instantly reduces clutter in the mind. It of course obviously also benefits our environment, and human & animal rights.

What the Health is another ground-breaking documentary from the creators of the above award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. This film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. Like Cowspiracy, this documentary has influenced thousands to rethink their lifestyle and make changes for the better of themselves, the planet, world hunger and of course the animals.

Available on Netflix


Heal is a 2017 documentary that takes us on a scientific & spiritual journey where we discover that by changing our perceptions, the human body can heal itself.

The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught and brainwashed to believe. This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. Heal not only taps into the brilliant minds of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high stakes healing journeys. Healing can be extremely complex and deeply personal, but it can also happen spontaneously in a moment. Through these inspiring and emotional stories we find out what works, what doesn’t, and why. Featuring an impressive list of doctors of both medicine and science including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anthony “Medical Medium” William, Gregg Braden, and our very own Dr. David Hamilton.

The Great Hack

The Great Hack is a 2019 MUST SEE documentary for anyone who uses a phone, a PC, social media, email etc.…seriously you MUST see this!

They control us through our data, our phones and they know everything about us. They then use it to manipulate us and get whatever outcomes they want. The Great Hack uncovers the dark world of data exploitation through the compelling personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal.

A revolutionary documentary about meat, protein and strength and how to be as “Strong as an Ox”! Released in 2019, this film had an astounding impact on people adapting to a plant-based diet! Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul

Okja is an action-adventure film that shows the horrors of animal agriculture through the eyes of a young girl and her “super pig.”

Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho should take pride in the fact that what he made is effective, because in 2017 it opened eyes and had many people pledging to go vegan after connecting with the story.

Available on Netflix

We now all await the PBN end of year vegan film – here is 2021

Fowl Play illuminates the plight of factory-farmed laying hens through interviews with people who are fighting diligently to save them. A story of hope emerges as footage recorded inside battery cage and other facilities is balanced with personal accounts of the individuals working to protect the often-forgotten victims of the egg industry.

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Available on Netflix

The Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free-divers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries they uncovered were only the tip of the iceberg.

Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary of 2009

Liz Marshalls cinematic feature length documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within the machine of our modern world and builds a new case for animal rights.

An award-winning, life-changing documentary about the emotional lives of animals, and the moral struggles and triumphs of farmers

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about.

Available on Netflix

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