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.
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I wanted to find out what someone who shares a similar background as me thought about the food that I grew up with. We have very relatable history. My father’s people came from the same area in Georgia and ironically enough, my dad died of pancreatic cancer as well at 64. He also had history of a stroke. He smoked, ate fast food and ‘Soul Food’ with very little exercise. I had quite the scare myself when diagnosed with high blood pressure and was about 50 pounds overweight. Knowing the family history, I knew I had to take immediate action. As stated, it is definitely a struggle and a challenge to do better but, it is vital that we do so. I’ve made a lot of progress and still have a way to go, but the facts speak for themselves. Going forward at this time in history is going to make it harder. I’m determined to do the best I can.
As an African-American mental health professional, I've given considerable thought to just how much food impacts the culture. The reality is that much of what we consider to be "soul food" has been making us sick and unhealthy for sometime. The challenge becomes working to shift the hearts and minds of millions of Americans who have so much invested in what is commonly referred to as "soul food." Who do we, as African-Americans, become without this particular portion of our identity? While I'm far from the right person to answer this question, it is, nevertheless, one that must be asked if we're to change our dietary habits and core systems of belief about the importance of food in the culture.
I come from a very diverse area of Philly and the term 'Soul Food' has always been around. I thought that Byron Hurt did a fantastic job of covering what soul food is, was and can be today. The documentary wasn't only informative, but personal and moving. I learned so much in such a short time. Highly recommend this film!
This film gives an interesting look at food choices in African American culture, although some food choices strike me as being generally popular in the Southern culture of America. The film maker wanted to show how some food choices were really not good for the health although people continue to eat those foods. Films like this should be a wake up to anyone who eats to take a closer look at the types of food and equally important how foods are prepared. The film was informative, fun and thought provoking.
I've watched a lot of documentaries about the need to eat better in America and they have actually all had various impacts on my diet. It was really refreshing to watch a documentary on the subject that look at the African American community in particular. The filmmaker handle the subject with sensitivity and honesty. I hope this film reaches as many people as possible.
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.