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Are there any good Paleo-centric movies that make it easy to expose pals to Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 28, 2010 at 4:09 AM

The obvious is "Fat Head Movie" http://www.fathead-movie.com/ is a good one to deliver a Paleo message to folks without much buy in on their part.

A new PBS show coming out looks promising "Good Meat":

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qizAzMsJ__8)

This upcoming PBS special interests me. Dr Weiland (http://www.dakotadiet.com/) was the advising doctor, and his diet pushes fairly paleo principles (if a bit saturated fat-phobic), you can hear Dr Weiland interviewed on Jimmy Moore's Livin Low Carb Show episode 284. I certainly can see the potential! I like the subject's comment in the trailer about "no fat Indians".

What other movies, documentaries are flying under the radar that have a Paleo bent?

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on November 23, 2010
at 04:51 PM

I liked Food Inc! I am already sold on proper grass-fed free-range game and meat production. This film seemed to have a bit of an anti-meat stance in general. But that is understandable with the prevalence of confined feedlot meat production in the US.

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on November 23, 2010
at 04:49 PM

Yah, a good one, for sure. Corn is such a economic "joke". Food for us, livestock and a fuel source (ethanol) that all is propped up by artificial price supports.....

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on October 29, 2010
at 05:34 PM

that was awesome

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on October 29, 2010
at 04:01 AM

Great thread!! Will compile a list of movies suggested here and watch them!

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on October 29, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I had stumbled across this some time ago, I wonder how far off a release is? Thanks for diggin' it up!

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on October 29, 2010
at 01:20 AM

Gonna rent/buy "Babies" ASAP, thanks for pointing it out!

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on October 29, 2010
at 01:20 AM

I'd not say Fat Head is a paleo-flick, and I doubt Tom Naughton would either! But it's got some good interviews and info that sure can be bent that direction. Mike D's point taken.

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on October 28, 2010
at 06:39 PM

haha, just an aside...although i love fathead its kinda funny that a movie where i guy loses weight eating fast food to prove Super Size me wrong is being called a Paleo film. He's totally right on about the carb vs. fat discussion and certainly explains it very clearly so its a start!

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on October 28, 2010
at 03:26 PM

Yeah that is it. They are doing a follow up documentary where they show the environmental effects on the Mississippi from the commercial productions of inedible corn. They follow the river down into the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.

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on October 28, 2010
at 12:43 PM

I saw a "King Corn" related You Tube clip of two dudes involved with the film - they were using HCl and low-grade corn, I think, to produce high fructose corn syrup in their own kitchen. (About halfway through...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yfIMbv_f0Q

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on October 28, 2010
at 01:58 PM

When I sell people on paleo, I start from the very beginning: the Paleolithic. Thus, I think the best movie is National Geographic's "The Human Family Tree." It's about an hour long, narrated by Kevin Bacon, and spends that hour connecting the genomics of people in NYC to their hunter-gatherer ancestors in East Africa about 60,000 years ago.

It explains in detail how all humans on earth descend from just a small number of people in East Africa, and how genetically similar we still are to our ancestors. It streams instantly online if you have Netflix, and should definitely be where the conversation starts.

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on October 28, 2010
at 12:52 PM

Just to give a heads up, someone is working on a documentary called "In Search of the Perfect Human Diet."

http://perfecthumandiet.us/

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on October 29, 2010
at 01:21 AM

I had stumbled across this some time ago, I wonder how far off a release is? Thanks for diggin' it up!

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on October 28, 2010
at 06:29 AM

While not an intro-to-paleo type movie, I have had really interesting conversations spring up around the documentary "Babies", mostly about evolutionary approaches to child rearing, hygiene, etc. I don't think it's possible for ANYONE to come away from that film without at least some questions about the effects of western industrial culture on peoples' health and happiness--even the promotional poster says a lot:

are-there-any-good-paleo-centric-movies-that-make-it-easy-to-expose-pals-to-paleo?

It has nothing to do with diet (so you avoid the initial defensiveness and the "ZOMG FAT EWWW!") and is relatively open to interpretation (there is no narrator) so it could be a very gentle entry point for someone (particularly a lady?) who may not otherwise be open to talking about Paleo concepts without seeming like you are proselytizing.

On a less serious note, I once had someone ask me if I was really into "The Gods Must Be Crazy" when talking offhandedly about the rise of agriculture leading to the rise of hierarchy. I scoffed at first but then this reminded me how my seventh grade Social Studies teacher showed us this movie in lieu of teaching us anything about Africa at all. Maybe if he had explained that it could possibly be read as the introduction of neolithic foods (well, the packaging at least) upsetting the egalitarianism found in hunter-gatherer tribes and critique of civilization instead of saying only "it's funny because they click a lot!" I would have been less indignant about the whole thing and been healthier a long time ago if I had applied the concepts to my life. Sigh...

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on October 29, 2010
at 01:20 AM

Gonna rent/buy "Babies" ASAP, thanks for pointing it out!

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on October 29, 2010
at 03:25 AM

Most of my friends have limited interest in my dietary interests (at least to start), so I like to start with something brief: "Paleo in a Nutshell"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCFZoqmKf5M

It explains in a simple way why we eat Paleo and debunks some of the common objections to a Paleo diet. And every time I watch it, I vow to never eat farmed fish again! I think the video demonstrates that a picture is worth a thousand words...

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on October 29, 2010
at 05:34 PM

that was awesome

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on October 28, 2010
at 07:21 PM

I'll second the Fathead suggestion. It's humorous and very palatable. It's not a paleo movie per se, but it provides a powerful message about getting away from such a carbocentric way of life.

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on October 28, 2010
at 04:39 AM

Advise you friend to watch "King Corn". It is about the huge role that High Fructose Corn Syrup plans in commercially produced Food.

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on October 28, 2010
at 12:43 PM

I saw a "King Corn" related You Tube clip of two dudes involved with the film - they were using HCl and low-grade corn, I think, to produce high fructose corn syrup in their own kitchen. (About halfway through...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yfIMbv_f0Q

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on October 28, 2010
at 03:26 PM

Yeah that is it. They are doing a follow up documentary where they show the environmental effects on the Mississippi from the commercial productions of inedible corn. They follow the river down into the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.

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on November 23, 2010
at 04:49 PM

Yah, a good one, for sure. Corn is such a economic "joke". Food for us, livestock and a fuel source (ethanol) that all is propped up by artificial price supports.....

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on October 29, 2010
at 03:08 AM

Food Inc is very anti processed foods.

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on November 23, 2010
at 04:51 PM

I liked Food Inc! I am already sold on proper grass-fed free-range game and meat production. This film seemed to have a bit of an anti-meat stance in general. But that is understandable with the prevalence of confined feedlot meat production in the US.

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