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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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Dina Tabbah | 1 month, 1 week ago
That was horrific to watch , but I'm glad I did! I'm a Muslim and we have strict rules on how an animal should be slaughtered, they are not to see each other being slaughtered nor see the knife in which is being used on them , only a knife can be used and it should be very sharp. Knowing this and living in a Muslim country I still called my meat supplier and asked them if the animals are free range and treated with care . I do eat meat and trying to eat mostly plant based for many reasons, thank you for this documentary it has given me valuable information.
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
You're most welcome, Dina! We appreciate your feedback. :) ~ Karelle
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Jennifer Larsen | 1 month, 1 week ago
While I agree that we as a society should focus on eating less animal products and a more plant based diet, viewers should also be made aware that these clips are the worst of the worst in the ag industry. Yes they are still inhumane and unethical farming practices, however many farms are not run this way. For example, the USDA has banned the use of electric prods and whips in the cattle industries. Other farming technique clips shown have a purpose behind their doing. For example, docking swine tails prevents the infection and build up of feces in their tail fur, causing flystrike(flies lay maggots in built up feces and maggots eat into flesh of swine). I am not supporting these unregulated practices, but rather encouraging viewers to know there are many sides to each story and do not rely on one source for your information. A more sustainable source of meat would be your local farmer where you can see the treatment of the animals for yourself. The farms shown in this documentary are most likely not regulated by the USDA or farm bureaus. Fully educating yourself will help you make an informed and sustainable decision!
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Jasmin Habelito | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing an insightful feedback and raising a valid point. FMTV also offers documentaries like "American Meat" which is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America. Hope you get to check this out, too: https://www.fmtv.com/watch/american-meat. ~ Jasmin
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Veronika Rayfinder | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
We can see,and feel how much suffering alll of These Animals are going through just so meat and dairy Industies can continue Keep the truth hidden from the masses , we have all been indocternated and lied to all of us About whole plant based Foods,we have been whole plant Foods in our diets for more than 40 yrs. we are very healthy and have good Karma with all the sentien beings on the planet, we could not finnish this Documentary film , please educate People About how much better a whole plant Foods are for humans and Animals,
Raphael and Veronika, Rayfinder
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for watching, Veronika. We hope this video will inspire and awaken more people. ~ Karelle
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Beth Miller | 2 months ago
That was so hard to watch. I am a meat eater trying to eat more plant based. This will definitely help me to let go of the need for animal products. I made myself watch all of it...through tears. Thank you FMTV.
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Annie | 2 months, 1 week ago
Wow that was wonderful
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 months, 1 week ago
Thanks, Annie! :) ~ Iris
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julie dixon | 2 months, 2 weeks ago
brilliant and informative. I am sad though that I can not persuade my family to watch it, they don't want to see the implications of the meat they eat. head in the sand

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