At the 2018 International Berlin Film Festival Patrik Baboumian, one of the strongest men in the world, proved again that that he can lift more than 700 pounds. Astonishingly, he gets his super power by a plant-based diet. In the documentary The Games Changers, the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos is showing elite athletes, special ops soldiers and visionary scientists who dispel the dangerous myth that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health.
“The Roman Gladiators ate a plant-based diet”, emphasizes the elite special forces trainer James Wilks who started looking for an optimal diet for athletic perfomance and recovery after he got injured. During his research he found out that also human health and the planet itself is signifcantly impacted by what we eat. “The experts in our film are from the best colleges in the world such as Oxford and Havard”, underlines Louie Psihoyos. “Among them are the head of anthropology and the head of nutrition at Harvard.”
Executive produced by James Cameron, The Game Changers present prestigious scientists who are explaining why plant-based diets are much healthier for human beings while several extreme sports men are proving it. Among them is Scott Jurek, one of the world’s most accomplished ultra-runners, who is about to embark on a quest to become the fastest person ever to run the entire Appalachian Trail — some 2,200 miles — by running a double marathon every day for 46 straight days. But also Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ultimate icon of muscle, is on a new mission to terminate our fixation with animal protein.
During the production filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, producer Joseph Pace and James Wilks provided their film crew with plant-based food. “Craft services were plant-based”, underlines Joseph Pace. “A lot of team members didn’t come on as vegans but when the camera crew and the editing team was listening to the interviews, they were influenced quickly.” Furthermore, the production team did offset its flights. The team also tackled the issue of food waste. "We had planned for up to 200 fire fighters and we ended up with about fifty because shifts vary”, says the producer. "At the end, we had a huge amount of food from the dinners that we donated to a local foodbank.”