A few days ago, the 28th June, the film Okja was released on Netflix. I saw many people in different vegan groups i am in recommend the film, so i decided to give it a go despite it being 2 hours and my patience for films lasting roughly 20 minutes.
I had no idea about the films release or what it was about, whether it was a documentary, based on real life or a fictional and animated movie.
It turns out it was a film with some “animation” i.e the pig Okja was animated. However i must say that the animation skills were incredible and it looked so much like real life it was almost creepy!
Description of the film from IMDB: “Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja”
The reason the film was recommended by so many vegans is that 1) An animal liberation group is in the film and 2) it shows why vegans think the way they do and might act in extreme ways, but also 3) if you have some sort of sympathy for the pig Okja or for the girl Mija and you don’t want the pig to get harmed or killed… then you understand why someone is vegan.
Of course in the film you get some sort of “connection” with the pig… you see the pigs back story and you see how adorable the pig is and then it’s harder to see that one pig die, just like with pets…. you would never want to kill your own pet who you have a connection with, however you don’t care about the rest of the animals in slaughter houses because you have no connection with them, you dont really “care” about them. A bit like the hard dilemma of: would you rather save your best friend or 5 strangers from being killed on a train track where you pull the lever and decide. Hopefully you will never be in that situation, but it’s a bit like that…. you save the person/animal you have a connection with.
What did i think of the film? It was good, maybe not the best film i have seen but it gives an insight into veganism and might provoke some thoughts for people without being a documentary which has one too many bullshit facts or a propaganda movie/documentary which may be too extreme or uncomfortable for someone to watch. So i think this movie is atleast a first step and might get some thoughts going!
If you have two hours to spare, don’t mind reading some text and just want to also be “taught” something then watch the movie! However the ending might be a little uncomfortable/unsettling for some to see if you are sensitive to slaughterhouse footage etc So just be warned about that beforehand!
Have you seen the movie, what did you think?