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.