Okja is a super pig genetically engineered to be unnaturally large in order to feed the world’s growing, unsustainable population. Sound familiar? It’s almost immediately evident from the beginning of the movie that its fictional aspect lies mainly in the adorable computer-generated mutant pig, while its parallels with reality is the driving force and haunting message of the film.
In essence, Okja is every factory farmed animal in our world today (minus the fact that she gets to live on a remote mountaintop for the first ten years of her life, unlike real farmed animals imprisoned in cramped, windowless pens with no room to turn around). Although the film’s writer-director Bong Joon-ho, a South Korean filmmaker, didn’t set out to create an exposé on the horrors of factory farming or a social commentary on people's hypocrisy, apathy and cruel nature (greed, yes), the outcome turned out to be just that. It left many viewers to reconsider their diets and search online about veganism and vegetarianism. Just take a look at people's comments and social media posts about the movie and you'll see the overwhelming trend in people declaring they want to go vegan or have gone vegan since watching Okja.Read More