Filmmaker Byron Hurt with his mother, Frances Hurt, and sister, Taundra Hurt
Meet award-winning filmmaker BYRON HURT for a screening and discussion of his new documentary
SOUL FOOD JUNKIES
premiering on the Emmy Award winning PBS series "Independent Lens"
Inspired by his own family’s complex relationship with “soul food” — fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler, and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar, and love — acclaimed filmmaker Byron Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African American community. With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of “soul food” on the health of not only African Americans, but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods.
Food habits and traditions are hard to change, especially when they’re passed on from generation to generation and rich with family history and loving memories. Leaving behind the food you grew up with can seem like a rejection of family values and roots. In Soul Food Junkies, Byron Hurt (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) shares his journey from his New Jersey home through the South to learn more about African American soul food and its long-term effects on the community.
After the film there will be a Q&A moderated by Tracye McQuirter, MPH public health expert and author of By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Green, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat
Space is LIMITED. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
View SOUL FOOD JUNKIES trailer
Series partners for Community Cinema [DC]
Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. For a complete lineup and more information about the Community Cinema series visit: communitycinema.org.
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