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Soul Food Junkies: A Film About Family, Food & Tradition

a film by Byron Hurt ; produced by God Bless the Child Productions and the Independent Television Service in association with the Ford Foundation and National Black Programming Consortium, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. Inspired by his father's lifelong love affair with soul food even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis, Hurt discovers that the relationship between African-Americans and dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is deep-rooted and culturally based. At the same time, he moves beyond matters of culture and individual taste to show how the economics of the food industry have combined with socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods to dramatically limit food choices. The result is an absorbing and ultimately inspiring look at the cultural politics of food and the complex interplay between identity, taste, power, and health. Features soul food cooks, historians, doctors, and food justice movement activists who are challenging the food industry, creating sustainable gardens, and advocating for better supermarkets, more farmers' markets, and healthier takes on soul food.
Director
Byron Hurt
Performers
Interviewees: Queen Afua, Will Allen, Christopher Barnes, Miguel Brito, Norma Jean Darden, Michaela Angela Davis, Lolis Eric Elie, Dr. Rodney Ellis, MD, Roderick Ephram, Cassandra Gaines, Dick Gregory, Dr. Jessica B. Harris, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Frances Hurt, Jackie Hurt, Taundra Hurt, Mary Hurt, Tony Hurt, Steven Jackson, Portia Jones, Attorney Chokwe Lumumba, Donnie Northern, Vonda McPherson, Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Frank Mentesana, Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, Jenga Mwendo, Dr. Frederick Douglass Oie, Ms. Peaches, Sonia Sanchez, Dr. Leni Sorenson, Bryant Terry, Marcia Weaver, Dr. Rani Whitfield, MD, Sherry Whitfield, Baye Wilson, Kolu Zigbi.
Release Date
2012
Language
English
Rating
Grade 9+
Higher education
Credits
Producer, writer, director, Byron Hurt ; editor, Sonia Gonzá́lez-Martínez ; music, Kathryn Bostic.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Media Education Foundation in 2012.
Publisher no.
1084658 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, 64 min.)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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