Forks Over Knives
Autumn 2011 Documentary series
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 7:00pm
Directed by Lee Fulkerson
Screenplay by Lee Fulkerson
Starring Joey Aucoin, Neal Barnard and Gene Baur
Rated NR ·
Forks Over Knives
Lee Fulkerson’s documentary Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies, one of which took place in China and is considered among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. In addition, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plantbased diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. The film features leading experts on health and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.
In Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman calls this documentary “the ultimate ‘Eat your spinach’ doc … Yet even if you’re a junk-food junkie, this exploration of the health benefits of a ‘plant-based diet’ is so scrupulously researched and argued that only a fool would ignore its findings.” According to Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, the bottom line is that he is “convinced this message is true.”