Today we watched “Vegan Everyday Stories” and we think we have another classic on our hands. Right up there with the likes of Vegucated, Forks Over Knives, and Cowspiracy. It is a masterful blending of many voices to answer the question… “Why Vegan?”
Note: you may know it as “The Vegan Movie”. Both names have been kicked around the internet as well as on the website!
Going into this we had one expectation and one … non-expectation. Mom thought it was going to be a collection of people telling us in detail about “their” vegan journeys. This is why we saved one of our “My Vegan Story” slots for this review. I, on the other hand, really had no expectations other than I was pretty sure it was going to be awesome (but decided not to burst mom’s bubble…).
What struck us the most was how this filmmaker used the vegan stories of many different people to tell the one story of veganism. Vegans come from all walks of life. They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, ethnicities, ages, genders, sexualities… Anything you can think of. Yet they found common ground in their veganism. We all find a commonality in our compassion.
For example, they pair up David Carter “The 300 Pound Vegan” with Genesis Butler “The 75 Pound Vegan” (you’ll get that after you watch the movie!), one is an NFL Defensive End, the other an 8-year-old little girl on a self-assigned mission to save the world. You wouldn’t think these two people would have much in common. You’d be wrong.
Yes, this is an excellent film to introduce people to veganism. It does explain “why vegan”. But more importantly it demonstrates that there is no typical vegan. The days of smelly hippies eating nuts and granola while sitting in the corner weaving baskets and wearing Birkenstocks… are over (sniff sniff). And not just because most Birkenstocks are leather!
Another thing we like about this film is that you don’t have to be concerned about anything graphic. As Moby so aptly points out, if you make people “shut down” or “tune you out” you can’t get your message across.
There are no undercover videos from slaughter houses to worry about. The only thing that might distress you is when this one woman shares what she saw when she went into a slaughterhouse to see for herself, first hand, where her food comes from (brave woman!).
And with that, I have one question for you guys. …Why aren’t you watching “Vegan Everyday Stories” already?! Go on, git!