Film & Discussion: Award-Winning Documentary: Vegucated

Tuesday April 23, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, this award-winning 2010 documentary showcases the rapid (and comedic) evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. The 77-minute film, which is not rated, was selected by 12 film festivals and won several awards, including Best Documentary at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.

This film screening, co-sponsored by VegMichigan and shown as part of Ann Arbor Veg Week 2013, will be followed by remarks by Dr. Joel Kahn, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Kahn will discuss cardiac benefits of vegan diets and lead discussion of the film themes.

"Vegucated" follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?

VegMichigan is a nonprofit organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.