The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present the Midcoast premiere of the fascinating and controversial new documentary film “Forks Over Knives” Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. The film challenges popular conceptions of disease, specifically diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer, and their relation to the food we put into our bodies.

Featuring many of the leading experts on health and nutrition, “Forks Over Knives” examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented — and in many cases reversed — by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.

Tickets are $8.50, $7.50 for those older than 65 and younger than 13; all tickets for the matinee are $7.50. For more information, call 594-0070 or visit rocklandstrand.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.