After I saw Food Inc and learned more about the business side of our food system, I was motivated to change my eating habits so the next film I watched was Forks Over Knives.
If there ever was a movie that could get you to start changing your eating habits and eat more plant-based, Forks Over Knives is the film to do it. For me the most impactful part was seeing the stories of everyday people talk about their experience before and after going plant-based. It is pretty remarkable!
Out of all the movies we have recommended to watch, Earthlings is the one to watch for last mainly because it is the hardest one of them all to watch. Joaquin Phoenix narrates the film and Moby provided all of the music.
Earthlings is the shocker film as in it will shock you into reality but it will help educate you more than any other film out there about the truths of industry standards for animals bred for pets, food, clothing and to be used for entertainment and research purposes.
This is the stuff we intellectually know and hear of but keep out of our consciousness because in all honesty if we acknowledge what is happening, we must also accept how we are contributing to this treatment of animals through our economic choices.
However, if you are ready to learn everything about our food system and how your meat was raised and produced, then Earthlings will help give you a fuller picture. I do recommend that you emotionally prepare yourself before seeing this film.
Many people cannot watch the film all the way through the first time. The first time I saw Earthlings, I had to stop it about 1/3 into it because I was crying, it was too much. I am very sensitive to seeing video of animals in factory farms mainly because the empath and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) in me starts feeling physical pain just from watching. Eventually, I was able to watch all the way through because I wanted to know.
Much of the video is undercover video. You are seeing the real thing not dramatizations. Appalling, is that there are actual laws in our country that consider this type of exposure eco-terrorism. Four states now have Ag Gag laws preventing this kind of footage from being taken and shown which is a testament to how powerful the meat special interests groups are.
Because Earthlings is too much truth for the mainstream, you will not find the film steaming on any of the main video sites like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, or Google. You can watch the full film online at the Earthlings website and all the proceeds go straight to the filmmakers. There are also translated versions of the film in French Canadian, German, and French.
Here is a stimulating 35 minute interview of Earthlings Director Shaun Monson where he talks more in depth about the making of Earthlings and the impact the film has made.