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Soul Food Junkies (2012)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1E6CLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great journal of history 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening video! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed movie. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Food Junkie January 21, 2013
By LaTasha
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good / educational one May 8, 2014
By samwang
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Unable to purchase on Amazon January 17, 2013
By BJ
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A call to arms! If you are able, ... July 7, 2014
By Aerie
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A call to arms! If you are able, carefully chose what you put in your mouth. The battle begins with the fork! Hopefully, the needless death of the patriarch of the filmmaker's family will serve as a wake-up call for you and yours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. So much history in soul food.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Donor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, we are what we eat in every ...
Very informative , we are what we eat in every sense of the word! This reminds me of forks over knives,
Published 2 months ago by Earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film. It hit the spot
Very informative. It gave me alot of food for thought.
Published 3 months ago by Erick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary, accurate on the history of our traditions ...
Good documentary, accurate on the history of our traditions and health problems in general, from a vegans viewpoint. Well done. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Niecy
5.0 out of 5 stars from there to here
the roots of soul food and the why's and how to's can only enhance your enjoyment of this popular food
Published 5 months ago by Cardmen E. Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars An educational and inspirational documentary
Byron Hurt did an amazing job with the documentary. It was extremely informative about the health effects of unhealthy diets, and about the impact of African American history on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle S. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational, should see!
It's a very good documentary. It's organized well, everything is explained well and there are multiple sides to the food and health debate. Read more
Published 6 months ago by earthsss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
I commend Mr. Hurt for producing this informative and heart touching film. I've longed for a film that would elaborate on this specific topic.
Published 6 months ago by Manuelle Duvall
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the realness of this film
This film is about making better choices with the foods we eat. In stead of always eating the traditional foods we are so accustom to and to learn to eat traditional food in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS Why I'll Never Leave Georgia!
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SandyK
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