Plate of Soul Food - INDEPENDENT LENS "Soul Food"
Air Date: 
Tuesday, Jan 15th - 7:00pm
Episode Title: 
Soul Food Junkies by Byron Hurt

Free Screening at TTU's Backdoor Playhouse (near the corner of N Dixie Ave and E 8th St)

WCTE's Community Cinema film for January is Soul Food Junkies by Byron Hurt.

Filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about the soul-food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. His exploration was inspired by his father’s lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich traditional soul-food diet and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and culinary dishes such as ribs and grits and fried chicken is culturally based, deep-rooted, complex, and often deadly. Through candid interviews with soul-food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, “Soul Food Junkies” puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences.

Watch Is Soul Food a Sacrament or a Sin? on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

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