Filmmaker Byron Hurt Talks About His New Film Soul Food Junkies on the Spring Premiere of ‘Left of Black’
Byron Hurt’s late father was like the many Americans whose unhealthy diets led to a shortened lifespan. Alarmed by what he saw as a problem among African Americans, Byron Hurt, whose last film was the award-winning Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes decided to a more intimate look eating habits within Black communities. With Soul Food Junkies, Hurt travels from his New Jersey home to the deep South to find out more about Soul Food and its lasting effects on Black communities. Among those featured in Soul Food Junkies, which debuts on the PBS series Independent Lens on January 14th, are eco-chef and food activist Bryant Terry, Sonia Sanchez, Dick Gregory, Michaela Angela Davis, and Marc Lamont Hill.
On the January 14th episode of Left of Black Byron Hurt talks to host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal about his journey to Soul Food Junkies, the connection between healthy lifestyles and Black masculinity, the challenges faced by Black documentary filmmakers and the controversy surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained.
Left of Black airs at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Mondays on the FranklinCenterAtDuke Channel on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FranklinCenterAtDuke
Viewers are invited to participate in a Twitter conversation with Neal and featured guests while the show airs using hash tags #LeftofBlack or #dukelive.
Left of Black is recorded and produced at the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.
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