Forks Over Knives Documentary: Free Screenings Monday

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Heard about this? The 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives, is coming to Charleston, by way of three free screenings on Monday, April 16 at the Terrace Theater. If this is the first you've heard of it, here's the deal: the filmmaker, Lee Fulkerson—along with physician Caldwell Esselstyn and professor of nutritional biochemistry T. Colin Campbell—makes the case for totally revising the largely animal-fat based diet Americans have come to to rely on, even placing blame for most of our major physical ailments squarely on animal proteins.


And here's more insight, this from Roger Ebert's review:


"Forks Over Knives" is a documentary in which Lee Fulkerson enacts a mirror image of the journey taken by Morgan Spurlock in "Supersize Me." Instead of eating only at McDonald's for a month and nearly killing himself, he eats a plant-based whole food diet for six months, gets off all of his cholesterol and blood pressure medications, drops a lot of weight, sleeps better and has more energy.


The claim in the film is pretty drastic: that adopting a plant-based whole food diet, now dubbed the Forks & Knives Diet, could save your life. As in, the animal protein we've made a central part of our diets is totally unnecessary. What do you think? We want to hear from people who see the film (not just the trailer, folks). Screenings are at 11am, 5pm and 7:30pm at the Terrace. After each screening there will be expert speakers, and the first 50 guests at each screening will receive gift bags provided by Stella Nova and Whole Foods.


In the meantime, check out the trailer: