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Community Cinema: "Soul Food Junkies" Screens in Fayetteville

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"Soul Food Junkies" screens as part of the Community Cinema series in Fayetteville on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. 

Community Cinema returns for the new year in Fayetteville Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. with a free screening of "Soul Food Junkies." In the documentary, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt’s exploration was inspired by his father’s lifelong love affair with high-fat, calorie-rich, traditional soul food and his unwillingness to give it up – even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that dishes like ribs, grits and fried chicken are culturally based, deep-rooted, complex … and often deadly.

Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, “Soul Food Junkies” puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods where it can be difficult to find healthy options. 

Join us, the Fayetteville Public Library, and KUAF 91.3FM to learn more and participate in the community discussion following the screening! We look forward to hearing your thoughts. (And, should Fayetteville be too much of a trek for you, be sure to tune into "Soul Food Junkies" Monday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. on AETN.)


"Community Cinema NWA: Soul Food Junkies," Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., at the Fayetteville Public Library (401 W. Mountain St.)