By KD Angle-Traegner, Founder & Editor
Welcome to your vegan films now streaming on Netflix – June 2017. This month Netflix has released several documentaries for the vegan-minded that you’re going to want to check out.
Keep in mind, this isn’t a complete list as new titles are released on Netflix on a daily basis.
The Ant Bully
2016 · PG · 1h 28m
Netflix Release Date: June 1, 2017
While not a specifically vegan film, The Ant Bully offers a compassionate message to young vegans. Parents should know that there are some scenes that could upset very young children—there are some menacing frog, spider and wasp characters. During the film, the characters start our selfish and single-focused on revenge, life lessons are eventually learned, and ultimately the film leads to important lessons of compassion, loyalty, and teamwork.
From Academy Award nominated filmmaker John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express), The Ant Bully tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey.
New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony.
In this strange new world, Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself.
What the Health
2017 · Unrated · 1h 32m
Netflix Release Date: June 16, 2017
What the Health is the follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.
With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.
Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities, and will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands.
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.
2017 · Unrated · 1h 58m
Netflix Release Date: June 28, 2017
Bong Joon-ho’s animal rights drama, Okja, premiered at this year’s annual Cannes film festival. It didn’t begin well, a technical glitch halted the film for 15 minutes which resulted in generating boos from journalists. Regardless, the debut was received warmly by spectators who later gave the film a four-minute standing ovation.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been a caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.
With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators, and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy, and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises–the bond between man and animal–and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.