“Soul Food Junkies” Film Premieres Nationally Tonight on PBS

I am looking forward to watching filmmaker Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies which premieres nationally tonight at 10pm ET on PBS as part of their Independent Lens series.

From the PBS Independent Lens Soul Food Junkies web page:

Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. 

Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers’ markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.

Before you watch the film, check out this interview with Soul Food Junkies director Byron Hurt on his hopes for what this film can achieve.

PLEASE NOTE: Although Independent Lens airs nationally on PBS, local PBS programmers can air it whenever they feel it will work best for their market. It is important that you check your local listing for the exact date and time in your area. Check these TV listings to see when Soul Food Junkies airs in your area.


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