The Invisible Vegan is a new documentary that has recently been made available online. The documentary “epxlores 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.“
The documentary provides a historical background of dietary inequality, leading to modern, unhealthy African-American diets . And how a vegan diet is not ‘a white thing’ and can be a solution to these health problems.
The Invisible Vegan is produced by Jasmine and Kenny Leyva, and portrays a variety of vegan actors, scholars, atletes, writers and activists, making a case for a healthy plant-based diet.
Some quotes from the documentary:
“The government encouraging people to eat foods that it knew that would make them sick, because of the lobbying efforts of the industry. And that’s really reprehensable‘”
“I initially identified veganism as a white thing, because I didn’t know my history. All I knew is that we turned scraps into soulfood and I thought that that was our own culinairy legacy”
“The leading causes of death in the African-American community are heart disease, cancer and stroke”
“Eating fresh, healthy crops, is a part of our legacy, and it’s a part that we should start embracing”
“Access to healthy foods in this country has become a privilege instead of a right, which it should be”
Trailer, The Invisible Vegan:
[ID: preview image of trailer: young black woman with long black hairs sideways on chest, purple blouse, jeans, sitting in cane chair on terrace, large leafy plants behind her] Video has automatic generated subtitles.
Buy or rent The Invisible Vegan here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theinvisiblevegan
YouTube The Leyva Company: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUmSXRtjPgc_JQ4N-h67VUg
Text taken from the Vimeo site:
“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 have 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.”