If you have just started your vegan journey or are looking to get more into it, here is my list of vegan documentaries on Netflix that will help you gain more insights.

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If you are looking to educate yourself about the impact that your dietary choice might have, these documentaries about veganism have become a powerful tool for spreading awareness.

This is exactly how I started my vegan journey. After watching ‘What the Health’ and ‘Cowspiracy’, I dug deeper into the whole vegan concept and started from there.

Read more about How to go vegan and The social pressure of being vegan.

Besides Netflix, you can also check out vegan documentaries on YouTube, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video . Find the list of best vegan documentaries here: Peta and vegnews.com.

Must-watch vegan documentaries on Netflix in 2024

  1. Cowspiracy
  2. What the Health
  3. The Game Changers
  4. Fork over Knives
  5. Seaspiracy
  6. Dominion
  7. You Are What You Eat

1. “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”

2014 ‧ Documentary/Horror ‧ 1h 31m

“Cowspiracy” is a groundbreaking documentary that delves into the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture. Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the film explores how the meat and dairy industries are major contributors to deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Through different interviews and shocking statistics, “Cowspiracy” challenges viewers to re-evaluate their consumption habits and consider the impact of their food choices on the planet.

2. “What the Health”

2017 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 37m

This is the first documentary on veganism that I watched and I made at least 10 people watch it. It clicked with me right away. I felt like I discovered plenty of information that you don’t see or hear on TV or the first page of Google.

What the Health is another documentary directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the creators of Cowspiracy(2014),  Seaspiracy (2021) and Christpiracy (2024)

What the Health investigate the links between diet and disease, particularly focusing on the health implications of consuming animal products. The film highlights the influence of corporate interests on public health policies and exposes the connections between the meat and pharmaceutical industries. “What the Health” encourages viewers to rethink their dietary habits and consider adopting a plant-based lifestyle for improved health and well-being.

3. “The Game Changers”

2018 ‧ Documentary/Sport ‧ 1h 52m

Another one of my favourites. It helped me to gain more clarity on how a vegan diet affects active individuals and its benefits.  The Game Changers is produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan. The documentary challenges the stereotype that meat is necessary for athletic performance. Through the stories of elite athletes and scientific research, the documentary demonstrates the benefits of a plant-based diet for strength, endurance, and overall health. “The Game Changers” aims to debunk myths surrounding plant-based nutrition and inspire viewers to explore the potential of plant-powered eating.

4. “Forks Over Knives”

2011 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 36m

Based on the book of the same name, “Forks Over Knives” looks into the relationship between diet and chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The documentary advocates for a whole-food, plant-based diet as a means of preventing and even reversing these conditions. Featuring testimonials from medical experts and individuals who have transformed their health through dietary changes, “Forks Over Knives” offers a case for embracing plant-based nutrition as a path to optimal wellness.

5. “Seaspiracy”

2021 ‧ Documentary/Adventure ‧ 1h 29m

“Seaspiracy” is another must-watch vegan documentary. It sheds light on the environmental impact of commercial fishing and the fishing industry’s devastating effects on marine ecosystems. Directed by Ali Tabrizi, the documentary exposes issues such as overfishing, bycatch, and the destruction of ocean habitats. “Seaspiracy” urges viewers to reconsider their consumption of seafood and confronts the ethical and environmental consequences of marine exploitation.

6. “Dominion – We Will Rise Together”

2018 ‧ Documentary/Horror ‧ 2h 5m

Dominion is a powerful and harrowing documentary that exposes the realities of animal agriculture through hidden camera footage and undercover investigations. I have to be honest, I haven’t watched it myself as I saw the clips but didn’t have a heart to watch it. Directed by Chris Delforce, Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink and Kat Von D, and co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson, the film reveals the suffering endured by animals raised for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.

“Dominion” sheds light on the ethical implications of exploiting non-human animals for human gain and challenges viewers to consider the ethical consequences of their choices.

7. “You Are What You Eat – A Twin Experiment”

2024 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1 season

“You Are What You Eat” explores the impact of dietary choices on personal health, focusing on the benefits of plant-based nutrition. The summary of the series is “A group of identical twins changes their diets and lifestyles for eight weeks in a scientific experiment designed to explore how foods impact the body in more ways than physical.”

Through interviews with medical professionals, nutrition experts, and individuals who have adopted a plant-based diet, the documentary highlights the potential health benefits of reducing or eliminating animal products from one’s diet. “You Are What You Eat” offers valuable insights into the connection between diet and well-being and encourages viewers to prioritize plant-based foods for optimal health.

Summary – Documentaries On Veganism on Netflix

All these vegan documentaries on Netflix offer invaluable insights into the various aspects of veganism, including environmental sustainability, personal health, and animal welfare. Another vegan documentary directed by Kip Anderson that I’m excited to watch is coming out very soon – Christpiracy.

Whether you’re already committed to a plant-based lifestyle or simply curious about the movement, these films ensure to inform, inspire, and provoke thought. By watching and sharing these vegan documentaries, we can contribute to a more compassionate and sustainable world for all beings.

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