Part of PBS’s “Independent Lens” series last season, Soul Food Junkies is Byron Hurt’s personal journal to learn more about the soul food tradition and his family’s connection to it.  Multiple perspectives are represented – historical, medical, family – and Bryon does try to mesh entrenched food preferences with healthier options in ways that are helpful.

A consortium of Winston-Salem organizations will sponsor a free screening of the documentary.  Here are the details:

When:       Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:      The Enterprise Conference Center

Address:    1922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem.

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A session with John Card, a physician with Winston Salem Healthcare, and N’Gai Dickerson of The Urban Culinarian. 

Soul Food Junkies is the first of three films in the Foodways & Roadways Documentary Film Series, a joint effort between the Translational Science Institute (TSI) and the Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program (DFP).  In a larger project of TSI and the DFP, Margaret Savoca and Jessica Pic chronicled the changing food environment in Winston-Salem over the last few decades.  

The remaining two films in the Foodways & Roadways Documentary Film Series will be A Community of Gardeners, which examines the impact of community gardening in Washington, D.C., and Edible City: Grow the Revolution, a film about the food justice movement that is emerging across the nation and around the world.  A Community of Gardeners will be screened on July 16, and Edible City:  Grow the Revolution will be screened on August 13.

Sponsors of the June 18 screening of Soul Food Junkies include the TSI Program in Community Engagement, SG Atkins CDC, WSSU School of Health Sciences, and Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Soul Food Junkies won the 2012 CNN Best Documentary Award at the Award at the American Black Film Festival.

This event is free and open to the public.


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