A very popular movie, some people say this one moved them so much that they stopped eating meat. Some parts are so well done it is uncanny. It won an Academy Award for Best Effects.
Fast Food Nation
Based on a book of the same title, this dramatization was directed by Richard Linklater. My favorite scene is the students trying to set cows free, but they don’t run away, because they have never been free.
Super Size Me
The core of this movie is the trial Morgan Spurlock puts himself through eating junk food every day, for every meal. The negative impact on his health, while predictable, is still unsettling to witness. Also it has a comical yet informative quality.
An award-winning documentary that shows tremendous cruelty to dolphins, but also shows the amazing work and tenacity of former Flipper trainer Ric O’Barry.
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In this animated movie, the main characters are chickens who are trying to escape a farm so they can live, and not be made into pies. Homages are made to The Great Escape.
This movie depicts an end of the world scenario, where food production and consumption is no longer something the bulk of society has any say in. They don’t even know what they are eating. The movie was actually shown to school children decades ago.
This is a disturbing, horror style movie told from the point of view of a young boy. It has a similar theme to Soylent Green. It is also a dark satire of the conformist social engineering and materialism of the 1950s.
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
A wacky horror farce making fun of fast food chicken chains, using a shoestring budget. One review says, “But the sensibility is definitely current, and the satire targets 21st century hot buttons as the Morgan Spurlock and Eric Schlosser indictments of the fast-food industries (the characters are named after fast food chains).” It may not be for everyone though as it contains a lot of fake body fluids, violence and sexual references.
At first glance, Blade Runner might seem like an odd choice. Genetic manipulation though is a real concern today, as many people are unsure about the safety of genetically modified foods, stem cell research and cloning. Blade Runner depicts a future when humans are indistinguishable from man-made replicants. Animals in the movie are also made by the human characters, because the real ones have become extinct.
I Am an Animal
A documentary about the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and animal cruelty. It was shown on HBO.
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