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Runtime: 92m 42s | Release date: 2018

Half of the population in Western society suffers from being overweight. Cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer are epidemic. Our meat consumption has quintupled over the past 50 years. 65 billion land animals are being slaughtered every year for food consumption. One third of the global grain production is fed to animals for fattening, while 1.8 billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and starvation. Can there really be a solution to all these problems?

It was the search for an answer to this question that led Austrian author and filmmaker, Nina Messinger, on a journey through Europe, India, and the US to investigate the consequences of our diet and to meet with leading experts in nutrition, medicine, science, and agriculture, as well as with farmers and people who have recovered from severe illnesses by simply changing their eating habits. The film´s deeply distressing images and moving stories make a clear case for a plant-based diet that is not just a short-lived life-style trend, but provides a solution for preserving our entire world. The movie serves up a stunningly simple, yet comprehensive solution – right on our plates. Changing our eating habits will rebalance not just our health, but the planet itself.

H.O.P.E. is a life-changing documentary, uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet, high in animal-based foods. It contrasts the limited interests of the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry with the all-encompassing interests of living beings on this planet, and with the power of responsible consumer action. H.O.P.E. is an urgent call to action to all of us to commit to a change towards sustainability and safeguarding our living environment.

It has a clear message: By changing our eating habits, we can change the world!

Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. T. Colin Campbell
Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
Dr. Marc Bekoff
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Melanie Joy
Dr. Will Tuttle
Martin Hofstetter
Harald Brown
Jan Gerdes
Dr. Hermann Focke
Dr. Claus Leitzmann
Karl Ludwig Schweisfurth
Dr. Rüdiger Dahlke
Dr. Thomas Wendt
Dr. Ernst Walter Henrich
Benjamin Zephaniah
Margarete Langerhorst
Hubert Liebertz
Josef Walchshofer
Dr. Klaus Tröger
Ralf Brosius
Sharon Kintz
Arthur Soteros


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Karen Wambolt | 1 month, 1 week ago
This film broke my heart, I don’t eat meat but every couple months have a little cheese :( I have promised myself and the animals that ,I won’t be continuing this. Thank you for this film even if it was so hard to watch.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
You are most welcome, Karen. It is our pleasure to share this film with our community to help spread the message and create awareness :) ~ Iris
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Karen Gardiner | 1 month, 1 week ago
This is totally devastating to watch but has had an enormous impact on me, human beings can be truely cruel 😢
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
Thank you for the feedback, Karen :) ~ Joyce
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Cynthia Clark | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
This documentary was superb!!! I wasn't much of a meat eater, but after seeing the suffering of these beautiful animals, I'm done. I won't give chicken a break either. Thank you and will soon share with my young grandchildren.
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for tuning in and for your insights Cynthia ~ Ivory :)
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Jen Rapuch | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Great documentary and full of valuable information. I was crying my eyes out seeing how the animals suffer being a huge animal lover. I am a vegetarian but my dog eats raw meat. I am stuck. Can someone please help me?

Sometimes people only want to know what they want to know and put themselves first over compassion. Factory farming has to come to a complete halt. It is totally barbaric. My question is that since some scenes are filmed in Europe, does factory farm exist in Europe as well??
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Hi, Jen, thanks for connecting with us about this. Studies have shown that dogs can survive on a vegan or vegetarian regimen. It would be best to talk to your vet as they may be able to direct you to some quality dog foods to replace meat. I also recommend that you check Christa's episode here about holistic pet health: https://www.fmtv.com/watch/food-as-medicine-holistic-pet-health. As for your question about the film, it would be better if you connect with the filmmakers regarding this matter: https://www.hope-theproject.com/the-film/. ~ Jasmin ❤
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Angela Harding Harding | 1 month, 1 week ago
Factory farms do exist in Europe as well.

My dog has been vegan for over a year and he’s thriving! His skin looks better and he hasn’t had an ear infection and he absolutely loves the food. We use the brand V-Dog.
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Mette Pedersen | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
This was so so hard to watch and had to cover my eyes a lot, as well as feeling totally saddened. I have found myself watching more and more about shifting from meat to plant based diet and this film is going to help me at a lot faster pace. Thank you for the documentary and excellent information!

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