Project Description

Cover for the film, Forks Over Knives.

Forks Over Knives

2011 · PG · 1h 30m


Forks Over Knives takes a look at the way we eat. Most of the degenerative diseases that affect us can be controlled or reversed by eliminating animal-based and processed foods from our diets. The film follows the journeys of a pair of researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell was a nutritional scientist at Cornell University. He wanted to produce a “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a discovery. The country’s wealthier children, who were consuming high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn was a surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the Cleveland Clinic. He found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired both doctors. This led to each of them conducting several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to shocking conclusions. Degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented or reversed by adopting a plant-based diet.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a plant-based diet. This was the primary approach to treat their ailments. The challenges and triumphs of their journeys are shared.

Forks Over Knives features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

About the Filmmakers

Forks Over Knives was produced by Virgil Films & Entertainment and directed by Lee Fulkerson. Find out more about the film at


“A Film That Can Save Your Life.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

“Convincing, Radical and Politically Volatile.” – John Anderson, Variety

“Great Movie.” – Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist

“A Great Film.” – Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

“Very informative. It provided my husband with all the logical and scientific answers he needed in order to change his dietary habits. I do not eat any animal products and started this because of the ways in which animals are treated, however, I noticed a change in how I was feeling. I could not explain it to my husband in the detailed, specific way he was needing in order to understand, but this movie did it for him. And it made me more confident in my decision to become a vegan. We really enjoyed how the documentary showed individuals from different socioeconomic classes practicing a plant-based, animal-free diet and the effects it had on their health and life. This proved that this lifestyle is possible for anyone to adopt. If you have not made the decision to reduce the amount of animal product in your diet, do not let that discourage you from watching this film. There is plenty of useful information mentioned that applies to meat-eaters, vegans and all in between. Be open minded and take what you will from this documentary. Hopefully, you will be inspired like my family was.

PS: There is not a lot of footage of animal cruelty in this documentary. As I mentioned, the reason I first became a vegan was due to animal rights, but I am not the type of person who can sit and watch a video that shows graphic images. I know what happens, I don’t ignore it, but I cannot comfortably sit and watch it. So for those of you like me, rest assured you’ll be able to get through this documentary.” – Shelby Holden, Amazon

“Information worth ten stars. If you watch only one documentary on nutrition, human health, and longevity, this is the one to choose. It will open your eyes, change your mind, and probably save your life. The Forks Over Knives principles are scientifically proven. No fads, gimmicks, or twisted statistics. You’re never too old to improve your health. Don’t wait a minute longer! I buy a package of four DVDs every couple of years because borrowers want to keep them and fail to return them. So far, I have loaned this movie to 43 people, and one-third have changed their dietary habits in order to avoid all of the most prevalent chronic diseases in contemporary Western cultures.” – Prologevity, Amazon

“Excellent! Everybody needs to watch this one. It’s well-done research by three doctors who did simultaneous, almost identical research, on the same subject, not knowing the others were doing it, and all got the same results. It’s about preventing cancer by how much animal protein we consume.” – Tommy, Amazon


Cover for the film, Forks Over Knives.

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