Maybe you’ve never gone to a film festival or none are in your town. Maybe you’ve never heard of filmmaker Byron Hurt and his work including Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. Either way you’re in for a treat. Hurt focuses his lens on African American cuisine and its affects in the lives and health of the black community. Best of all it will be airing on PBS‘s Independent Lens, which showcases independent film. Since we’re talking about diets you should consider detoxing from big budget Hollywood affairs with some indies. Enjoy the preview below and check your local listings for when it airs here.
Here’s what Hurt wants audiences to take away from Soul Food Junkies:
I hope Soul Food Junkies has a huge impact with millions of viewers around the world. I hope this film makes it easier for families and communities to talk openly and honestly about the impact food has on their lives and their health. I also hope this film will be used widely as a discussion starter in communities of color around food consumption, health, wellness, and fitness.
I hope that the film will get people who normally don’t talk about their health or their family members’ health to open up and have discussions that are difficult to have with their family members and loved ones. Finally, I hope that the health industry will find this film valuable and that health professionals, nutritionists, hospitals, and even First Lady Michelle Obama will put this film to work! -Byron Hurt via pbs.org