28 December 2011

Through volunteer experiences, informative interviews and exposé footage, 'Vegucated' entertains and educates

In 2011, documentaries promoting a plant-based diet have taken the world by storm. Most of the attention has been on Forks Over Knives, which is a great film and has definitely introduced the concept of veganism to a larger audience, but lacks the animal welfare perspective of a vegan. In comes Vegucated, a documentary that not only promotes a plant-based diet, but also a cruelty-free lifestyle.

The film, written and directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson, follows three people from different backgrounds who are all interested in trying out veganism. Their reasons for doing so are for their health and weight, but as the filmmakers take the three volunteers (Tesla, Brian, and Ellen) to abandoned slaughter houses and working family farms, and show them the animal welfare issues involved in meat consumption, their convictions to be vegan intensify.

Wolfson shows her volunteers that eating animals is completely unnecessary for human survival in our modern society. She even takes them shopping and shows them where they can find vegan shoes and jackets. Vegucated shows the different trials a vegan will face, such as the lack of understanding from family members and the difficulties that may present and the trouble with finding food when traveling. Like other films in the plant-based diet sub-genre, the volunteers are taken to a doctor in the beginning to get their vitals and once again at the end. While each volunteer has different results, they all see improvement in their health.

Through volunteer experiences, informative interviews, and exposé footage, Vegucated entertains and educates. Seeing the perspectives of the volunteers change from the beginning to the end of their six-week trial is a wonderful experience. Vegucated is one of the best films available right now that promotes veganism- not just as a diet, but as a lifestyle- and needs to be seen. For screenings and more information on the film, please see the website, GetVegucated.com.

Kristen McFarland | @KinoFou
Kristen, a vegan from Cincinnati, Ohio, is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer. Follow Kristen on Facebook.

Photo credit: Jessica Mahady