There are many documentaries about food that leave viewers discouraged about the state of our food supply and overall health. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead takes the fast-food narrative in a different direction, starting with one man’s decision to change his lifestyle in the hope that it will ameliorate the debilitating symptoms of his rare autoimmune disease.
Joe Cross is both the director and subject of his story, which follows him out of his native Australia and across the United States. Under medical supervision, he follows a 60-day juice fast, and commits to only drink juices made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Along his journey, he speaks with hundreds of Americans about their diets.
In his director’s statement, Joe Cross shares the magnitude of the undertaking: “Making this movie changed my life, opened my eyes and re-focused my mission on something that is startling simple and utterly effective: helping people reclaim their health and vitality as I did by consuming more fruits and vegetables.”
The film has won a number of awards, including the Turing Point Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and the award for best documentary at the Iowa Independent Film Festival. The film is now showing at theaters and festivals around the country. Go to FatSickAndNearlyDead.com to find a screening in your area.