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Live and Let Live (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | November 2013 (Germany)
Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.


Marc Pierschel


Marc Pierschel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kati Kosler Kati Kosler ... Self (social pedagogue)
Ria Rehberg Ria Rehberg ... Self (Animal Equality)
Hendrik Haßel Hendrik Haßel ... Self (Animal Equality)
Jan Gerdes Jan Gerdes ... Self (Hof Butenland)
Karin Mück Karin Mück ... Self (Hof Butenland)
Jack Lindquist Jack Lindquist ... Self (professional track cyclist)
Aaron Adams Aaron Adams ... Self (chef, Portobello Trattoria)
George Rodger George Rodger ... Self (The Vegan Society)
Jonathan Balcombe Jonathan Balcombe ... Self (ethologist, biologist)
Sharon Núñez Sharon Núñez ... Self (Animal Equality)
William Potter ... Self (Green is the New Red) (as Will Potter)
Peter Singer ... Self (professor of bioethics)
Tom Regan Tom Regan ... Self (professor of philosophy)
Gary Francione Gary Francione ... Self (distinguished professor of law)
Melanie Joy ... Self (sociologist, psychologist)
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Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan. From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner - Live and Let Live tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact this decision has had on their lives. Written by Marc Pierschel

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Melanie Joy - Sociologist & Psychologist: When eating animals is not a necessity for survival which is the case in much of the world today, not all of the world but in much of the world today, then it is a choice and choices always stem from beliefs.
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Well done documentary but a bit one-sided
9 December 2017 | by cineastFGDSee all my reviews

This is a fine and well-done documentary, with a broad and comprehensive scope, and very watchable.

What I didn't like was the one-sidedness of the message, I would have liked a more balanced picture and some of the interviewees were rather extreme in their positions which could have been nicely counterbalanced by some more balanced viewpoints. As this was not done by the makers, the whole study gets a slight propagandist touch, which is why this documentary only scores 5 stars in my view. Also, too much time is spent on the ethical issues of veganism. Given that the health and environmental benefits of this diet outweigh the ethical benefits by far, it is a pity the makers chose not to emphasize these aspects more. As such, veganism still is presented as this thing only those 'freaks' are doing, which is a shame given the importance of veganism to combat climate change.

Also, if I hear people talk about 'Specism' and that killing and keeping animals for food production is so deeply unethical, I cannot help to wonder why these people do not see the flaw in their logic. Eating an onion also destroys another life, isn't it equally ignorant and 'Specism' to assume that killing the onion is OK, whilst killing the cow is not, just because the latter has two dark, big eyes that simply are easier to relate to? And how can vegan people talk about animal cruelty but keep a dog that is fed dog food? Where do they think their dog's food comes from? It was during these interviews that the makers of the documentary really lost me as a viewer, and I already eat a 99% vegan diet, so how do they expect to convince non-vegans with such a message?

For us to live other lives have to perish, whether they are plants or animals, and I really fail to see the distinction between the two. A life is a life and the moment I choose to consume it or a part of it, I implicitly decide that I am more important than this life. Hence, we'd better develop a sense of gratitude for our food, irrespective of the source, and really value every bite of it, instead of using the same flawed logic again by separating life into 'consumable' species and 'non-consumable' species.

I'm afraid that by the way, the makers chose to present the subject they scared more people away than they attracted to this diet, and given the environmental and health benefits of plant-based diets, this really is a shame and a missed opportunity.

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