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Soul Food Junkies


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1E6CLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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Helps you make better food choices.
Brenda Ruth Chapman
Great documentary of the relationship of soul food to the african american culture and our declining health.
Jay
Soul Food Junkies is a great documentary by Byron Hurt in his quest to understand his father's death.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 7, 2013
Format: DVD
This show which aired on PBS is now (or will be next week) available on DVD. While the title sounds like one of Food Network's shows about where to find and eat the best fried chicken, blak-eyed peas, collard greens and ribs, it's really just the opposite.
Documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating (and cooking with his mom and sister) "soul food" at home. He noted that his father was gaining a lot of weight and looking unhealthy. When his father died because of the unhealthy food he was eating, the younger Hurt set out to discover why black Americans were eating so much of it and where it all began. This 63-minute film gives a cultural history of food in the households of blacks (going back to the days of slavery and plantations). Hurt does visit some renowned soul food restaurants (but doesn't promote them) and interviews a number of "food historians" and "culinary historians". (Who knew such a designation existed???). The best-known interviewee is former comedian, now food activist, Dick Gregory. Hurt, himself, changed his diet and no longer eats red meat. He visits a man known as the "Hip-hop doctor" who explains that collard greens and fried chicken can be made in a healthier way.

I'd recommend this this DVD to those who - like Hurt - want to know where "soul food" started as well as those who love it but want to cut back. The DVD has no bonus features and this is one area where I wish PBS Home Video went an extra step. It would have been nice to include (either as bonus videos, or as an inserted pamphlet) some recipes (probably by the "hip-hop doctor) for healthier prep of the sol food staples. But, it's a start to know that this DVD will be available to watch and share - and should be in every public library's DVD collection.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kaycee37 on January 31, 2013
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Enjoyed the history lesson! Hopefully more people will get the opportunity to view this wonderful documentary and personal story. The facts shared through out the story were very well told!
PBS & Byron Hurt did a great job. Just in time for Black History month!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bethanjol on January 19, 2013
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As a white female physical education teacher I really appreciated the point of view of this video. I gained enlightenment and encouragement through watching Soul Food Junkies. Thank you Byron for taking a stand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lionel M. Williams on June 1, 2013
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As a fairly recent convert to a mainly plant based diet (and by the way an African American male), I found the movie interesting and entertaining. I saw on PBS, but I wanted to share it with my wife so we rented it on Amazon. She also found found the movie very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LaTasha on January 21, 2013
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Very good documentary. Clears up myths about cooking and eating soul food. Also gives examples of how to make soul food healthier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SandyK on March 7, 2014
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And my mom was Japanese and my dad Swedish!

But I was born and raised in GA, and the food here is the meaning of home and family. We didn't call it "soul food" years ago, it was called simply home cooking, and be it at school to the church, the food becomes part of your life. When I visited relatives up North, I got home sick more for home cooking than anything else. They just couldn't understand what fried chicken, mac and cheese, sweet buttery corn bread and must have collards did to the soul.

It knows no color, no race, no age it's as universal as music. I'll never forget it, and will always want a plate of it (if I'm not cooking it myself), too. It's the culture, and once it gets it's meat hooks into you, it's hard to escape.

This is an excellent documentary for everyone to understand what makes the South tick, and especially around the family table.

...Now all those pork ribs and cornbread has gotten me hungry...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By samwang on May 8, 2014
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Very good. Recommended for people who care about what they eat and their health.

The producer did a good job to associate the ideas to individuals' lives.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BJ on January 17, 2013
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I viewed this product on Pbs Television January 16, 2013. Enjoyed it very much and wanted to share with other family & friends. I was disappointed that Amazon DVD store does not have it for sale.
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