The End of Meat is a groundbreaking documentary film envisioning a future where meat consumption belongs to the past.
Although evidence of meat consumption’s negative impact on the planet and on human health continue stacking up as animal welfare is on the decline, humanity’s love affair with hamburgers, steaks, nuggets and chops just doesn’t end.
In Germany, home of bratwurst and schnitzel, meat is an integral part of the diet. That is, until a few years ago, when perceptions somewhat evolved. Health concerns and meat scandals led to a public debate about the ethical implications of meat consumption and the rise of plant-based diets. Meat producers launched their own vegan products; 100% vegan supermarkets opened; and almost every food manufacturer was adding and labeling vegan options. Is this the beginning of the end of meat? Are we approaching a turning point in the human-animal relationship?
In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves. He meets Esther the Wonder Pig, who became an internet phenomenon; talks to pioneers leading the vegan movement in Germany; visits the first fully vegetarian city in India; witnesses rescued farm animals enjoying their newfound freedom; observes the future food innovators making meat and cheese without the animals, even harvesting “bacon” from the ocean, and much more.
The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption; explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet; and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.
- NH Docs 2019
- Raindance Film Festival 2018
- Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2018
- Anonther Way Film Festival 2018
- Bergen International Film Festival 2018
- Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018
- One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2018
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2018
- Cape’s Animal Film Festival 2018
- Cosmic Cine Filmfestival 2018
- Fünf Seen Film Festival 2017
- Crossroads Festival für Dokumentarfilm und Diskurs 2017
95 Minutes, DCP, 2.35:1, English & German
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