With the help of celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and James Cameron, the documentary explains how consuming animal products leads to illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
Vegan documentary Eating You Alive will debut for a one-day screening on April 5 at more than 560 theaters nationwide. The film was first conceptualized by director Paul Kennamer, Jr., who adopted a whole-foods plant-based diet in 2014 to effectively heal his persistent joint pain. The movie features a number of medical doctors and celebrities—such as actor Samuel L. Jackson, magician Penn Jillette, and director James Cameron—and explains how the consumption of animal products has led the American population to suffer illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, certain forms of cancer, and obesity, while promoting the health benefits of a whole-foods, plant-based diet. “We want viewers to know that they alone have the power to take control of their health and reverse the chronic diseases that keep them from truly living, and that making the transition is easier and tastier than they think,” co-producer Merrilee Jacobs told VegNews. Last year, vegan film What The Health —which promotes a similar message as Eating You Alive—made a widespread impact on viewers, with many celebrities (including singer Ne-Yo, reality television star Porsha Williams, and football player Theo Riddick) crediting the documentary for inspiring them to adopt a plant-based diet.