Film Explores African-Americans ‘Soul Food’ Habit
Soul food Junkies, which recently won the Best Documentary Award at the prestigious American Black Film Festival in Miami, explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food. A quintessential American cuisine with a rich history and an abiding significance to black cultural identity, soul food and its core celebration of all things fried and smothered has had lasting effects on the health of African Americans, both good and bad.Through a personal focus on his father, filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the food’s past and future: from its roots in Western Africa and incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. All the while, the documentary uses soul food as a lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake.
All these threads make Soul Food Junkies a powerful personal and thought provoking documentary that can ignite change in the health of our community. While the film is of particular importance to African Americans and soul food cuisine, it has an important message for all citizens of Kentucky!
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