The Invisible Vegan is a 90-minute independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices.
Over the past three decades, coronary heart disease and diabetes have steadily grown as the leading causes of health problems in America, disproportionately impacting the African-American community in particular.
This documentary offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on the dietary trends among African-Americans, showing how intertwined histories of slavery, twentieth-century socioeconomic inequalities, and the rise of Big Food has led to the increased consumption and dependence of meat, processed junk, and fast food.
Starring Jasmine Leyva, Cedric the Entertainer, John Salley, Stic of Dead Prez, and Tracye McQuirter.
About the Filmmakers
The Invisible Veganis directed by Kenny and Jasmine Leyva and produced by Erica Taylor and Kim Fisher. Find out more about the film at www.theinvisiblevegan.com.
“While this documentary focuses on veganism in the African-American culture, there were a lot of things I found myself nodding along to. Most notably, there are a lot of stereotypes associated with why you should or shouldn’t be vegan. Even in the medical community, where they operate on the disease model, there seems to be a need for education. . .The Invisible Vegan discusses how soul food is a big part of the African-American culture and vegan food isn’t thought of in this way at all. But the thing with vegan food is that it heals the whole body, including the soul. Soul food may have been named so because it is comforting, but it’s not necessarily healthy. It’s time to change perceptions and focus on how food that heals you can be a comfort in itself. I learned a ton from watching this film and highly recommend it. Even if you aren’t African-American, the film will give you lots to think about and lots of ideas where you can take action in your own life.” – Michelle Cornish. Documentary Review: The Invisible Vegan. 5 April 2021
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