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Soul Food Junkies

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Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this culinary tradition and it's relevance to black cultural identity. The African American love affair with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. This film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its benefits and consequences. Hurt looks at the socioeconomics of predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options and wonders if soul food has become an addiction in his community.

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Community Cinema Discussion

Vermont Public Television and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier have teamed up to present Community Cinema, a series of discussions featuring films that are part of VPT's program, Independent Lens.

Community Cinema participants viewed the film, then discussed it with two of food experts at the library. The panelists were: Jeff Roberts, President of Cow Creek Creative Ventures; author and international food consultant, and Ilene Siegel, Registered Dietician; Certified Diabetes Educator.

Funding for the panel discussion video was made possible by ORCA Media. Recorded January 9, 2013.


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