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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Pamela Pannifex | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
What a wake up call. This is an emotionally sickening and very powerful film. Not enjoyable to watch in parts but thoroughly necessary... I am wiser and better for it. Thankyou.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing how you feel, Pamela. I hope you continue enjoying FMTV.~ Jasmin@FMTV
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Tasha Robinson | 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Wow! I meant to watch this film months ago. I'm trying to be a vegetarian..however, I only eat some fish at times, I'm going to make the transition to be vegan. This film was intense, but I needed to see it! Thank you to the film makers for informing us.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Lovely to hear that you liked this film Tasha :) ~ Joyce@FMTV
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Claire Wilson | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I watched this with my 8yr old son, we were both in tears with the slaughtering of the animals. We are both now vegetarian. Thanks for making such a wonderful film.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for watching this together with your son, Claire :) ~ Pauline
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Sandra White | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Heartbreaking, gripping, eye-opening, warm & loving in parts; SO emotional. Thank you for making me more aware of the violence occurring to our animals. I was informed but not to this extreme. Im still in shock!!
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Karelle | FMTV | 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Indeed, this is a heartbreaking but an eye-opening film, Sandra. Thank you for leaving your thoughts here. :) ~ Karelle
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Jackie Rowledge | 1 year ago
My god what a heartbreaking film. I don’t know what humanity has come to for people to inflict that sort of pain on animals on a daily basis. What does it say for the human psyche that we are able to do that. I’m mostly vegan/vegetarian but this this film has bought in to focus for me the dairy side, although I knew, I never really saw the visual as I have always found harming of animals to be really painful. So when it happened in this documentary I was shocked as I wasn’t expecting it. I have sent the link to my sons to watch in the hope they might re-evaluate their own thoughts on this. We don’t need animal products and from last night I will now be more focused on being plant based in my eating. I just can’t stand the thought that I might be contributing to this kind of carnage, what made me cry in this film was when they butchered the piglets without anaesthesia, what kind of world do we live in when we think that is ok to do, utterly heartbreaking.
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 year ago
Thanks for the insightful feedback, Jackie. H.O.P.E. is an eye-opening film that will truly change the way you think. ~ Jasmin ❤