According to a Newark, New Jersey newspaper, "Soul Food Junkies" is a documentary created by Byron Hurt. He did this documentary because he was baffled by his father's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis.
According to Hurt's Facebook page, he said:
“I wanted to make this film to honor my father ... and I wanted his life and his memory to potentially have an impact on millions of people. I hope people are inspired by his story and consider having conversations with family members who need that extra push to change their diet to to exercise on a regular basis.”
Therefore, this talented and award-winning documentary filmmaker set out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition. He explored the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine.
Hurt discovered that the love affair that his community has with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly.
"Soul Food Junkies" has already won Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival and will be aired nationally on PBS from Jan. 14 through Feb. 11, 2013.
Newark’s own St. Philip’s Academy appears in the film as a beacon of hope and awareness of healthy habits for the community.
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