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Here are some of the documentaries that we like:

What the Health

What the Health

The 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.

Available:

Netflix, Cedar Rapids Library

The Game Changers

The Game Changers

Directed by Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul, The Game Changers tells the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.

Available:

Netflix, Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Coralville Library

Earthlings

Earthlings

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

Available:

Youtube, Iowa City Library

The Cove

The Cove

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.


This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Available:

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Coralville and Iowa City Libraries

Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

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

Available:

Tubi, Amazon Prime, iTunes

Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville Libraries

Cowspiracy

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.

Available:

Netflix, Coralville and Iowa City Libraries

"Suffering is suffering, murder is murder, and the more helpless the victim, the more horrific the crime"

- Damien Mander

 

There's a lot of books that we like, these are just some:

How Not to Die

How Not to Die

Dr. Michael Greger, examines the fifteen top causes of  death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s,  high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle  interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives. Also check: How Not to Diet and How Not to Die Cookbook

Available:

Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City Libraries

Esther the Wonder Pig

Esther the Wonder Pig

Available:

Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Libraries