On Wed., Feb. 27 at 6:30pm, Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance and Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District have partnered to present a FREE community screening of Soul Food Junkies at Newark Symphony Hall.
I spoke with Kimberlee Williams of FEMWORKS, who said, “We want this upcoming screening to be a great opportunity for the Newark community to see the film for FREE and engage the filmmaker in conversation.”
In the documentary, filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of Soul Food, a quintessential American cuisine. Soul food will also be used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake. Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they’re passed on from generation to generation. Baffled by his dad’s unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.
The evening will include healthy snacks and food, a talk with the film maker Byron Hurt and Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. The talk will highlight business opportunities that exist in food deserts such as Newark. A clip of the documentary can be seen here.