As soon as I finished watching Okja and What the Health, I knew I wanted to share them with you here on the blog. Both of these Netflix films are incredibly thought-provoking and eye-opening. I’ve been thinking about them over and over again ever since I first saw them.
Both films cover controversial topics like the food industry, government, big business, factory farming, science and ethics. And both films are so powerful in their own rights that I really believe they have the ability to evoke so much positive change.
Okja is a fictional story about the relationship between corporate greed and the food industry. It takes place in the future and follows the life of Okja, a genetically modified super pig created to revolutionize how we eat. What the Health is a current documentary that examines big business, its role in our healthcare system and what things really make us sick.
While Okja will move you with its ethical examination of the food industry, What the Health will shock you with its scientific examination of the very same thing. And to me, as someone already in the plant-based world and fully embracing it, part of what makes these films so compelling is that while being such drastically different films, they both end up leaving us with the same message. Whether it’s for the sake of the planet, the sake of our health, or the sake of all living beings, both films encourage us to question the status quo when it comes to what we put on our plates.
You can check out the trailers for Okja and What the Health below, and watch them in their entirety on Netflix. Hope you guys find them as inspiring as I do!
P.S. As I’m sitting here outside finishing this post, two men just sat down at the table right next to me and started talking about What the Health, Okja and how inspiring they both were! So don’t just take my word for it, take these guys’ word for it too! 😉