Soul Food Junkies
“Soul Food Junkies” from Independent Lens is a film I think we can all relate to.Â I grew up in a “clean your plate” household.Â Dad worked hard for the food that was put in front of you so you better not leave any behind.Â This was perhaps not a good combination as it was also a German household with lots of hearty meat and potato foods.Â Like Byron Hurt, the filmmaker, just as I start to get a handle on making better choices a family visit pops up and all bets are off once again!
It’s not easy, and in Hurt’s case his questioning starts because of his fatherâ€™s unwillingness to give up his high-fat, calorie-laden traditional soul food diet, in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. The young son begins to wonder if this soul food diet is nurturing or destroying the African-American community.
I really like his approach in this film.Â It’s a wonderful look at the history of soul food and some of the modern-day obstacles to getting healthy. I think Hurt does a great job is presenting his point with humor, sincerity and in a way that anyone who has a weakness for good down home comfort food can relate to.
“Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkie” airs Sunday, January 20 at 10pm with an encore presentation Friday, January 25 at 1am on WOSU TV.