ITVS Community Cinema and WHYY in partnership with ReelBlack, WURD 900AM and BlackStarFest present:
Soul Food Junkies
with filmmaker Byron Hurt
Thursday February 7, 2013
6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6:00pm)
Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Ave (enter via 16th or 17th) Philadelphia, PA
Q&A with the director hosted by Maori Karmael Holmes after the film!
About the Film
Soul food is a quintessential American cuisine, with a rich history and an abiding significance to black cultural identity. But with its core celebration of all things fried and smothered, it has also had lasting effects on African Americans’ health, both for better and for worse. Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food — from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. Soul Food Junkies also looks at the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find.
About Byron Hurt
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexism activist, and lecturer. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. The Independent named him one of the “Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch” in 2011. His most popular documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on Independent Lens. In 2010, MSNBC’s TheGrio.com named Beyond Beats and Rhymes one of the “Top 10 Most Important African-American Themed Films of the Decade.” Hurt’s writings have been published in several anthologies and in the media he has been covered by The New York Times, O Magazine, AllHipHop.com, NPR, CNN, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, Black Enterprise, C-Span, and many other outlets.