I went to the screening of PlantPure Nation last night, and ended up in the first row, which meant I was WAY too close to the screen but had the honor of being just a yard away from T. Colin Campbell when he and his son, Nelson, and Nelson’s wife Kim when they did a live Q&A with the audience:
The film was really good, another documentary I’ll be happy to add to my recommendations. PlantPure Nation focused mainly on health, as would be expected from something linked to T. Colin Campbell, but had the unique angle of also documenting Nelson Campbell and Rep. Tom Riner trying to get a House Bill passed. It was eye-opening to see political inner workings and understand what is truly involved in getting legislation passed.
The rest of the film is focused on Nelson Campbell as he tries to make change through instituting a trial “Jumpstart” program in Mebane, North Carolina, a small town that loves it’s meat. The results are inspiring, and the interviews the real people who participated in the program made me laugh and cry. There are, of course, several snippets of interviews with health professionals and high-profile vegans, T. Colin Campbell being frequent among them, that are interesting and also inspiring.
In the Q&A, a woman who is a nurse stood up and said she’s been plant-based and from this diet has reversed disease in her own life, but that she gets frustrated with her patients, who don’t seem to care or listen when she tries to tell them that a plant-based diet can improve their health. T. Colin Campbell had a great response to that, saying that he knows it can be discouraging but to look at things on a bigger scale and see the changes that are happening all the time. For instance, he offered up that when he started, he had trouble booking speaking engagements anywhere, and now he is regularly invited to speak at medical schools. As I talk about frequently on my podcast, Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!, I think it’s critical to practice “big picture veganism” so that you don’t get burnt out as an activist and so that you can see the changes that are happening, instead of focusing on what is stubbornly staying the same.
My favorite line from the movie was from T. Colin Campbell’s speech at the first PlantPure Nation screener: “Our system is about gaining wealth for the few at the expense of the health of the many.” So heartbreakingly true. Fortunately, veganism and plant-based eating give us the ability to stop participating in that system. Let the plant-based revolution begin!
The release for PlantPure Nation is July 4th weekend, I highly recommend you go see it and bring all your friends and family along!