New vegan documentary “A Prayer for Compassion” looks at the spirituality involved in living a plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle, aiming to “awaken the inner vegan” in those who are religious or spiritual.
The feature-length film, created by Student Academy Award-winner Thomas Wade Jackson, is set to be screened this month at the National Vegetarian Museum in Chicago. The documentary’s producer, author Victoria Moran, will attend the event and take part in a Q&A after the screening. Moran, a vegan of more than thirty years, is the author of popular book “Main Street Vegan,” which guides people on how to go vegan.
Speaking about the connection between veganism and spirituality, Moran told LIVEKINDLY in an interview, “Veganism has looked like spiritual practice to me from the time I learned that vegans existed back in the 1970s.”
She revealed it was yoga that inspired her to go vegetarian at the age of seventeen, and it was her degree in religious studies that formed the link to veganism. So when Jackson invited her to become involved in his film project, “it seemed like coming full circle.”
In the film, Jackson travels across America, eventually landing in Morocco for the UN Climate Conference, before traveling across the Indian subcontinent.