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Screentalk Umoja

Free Film Screening & Filmmaker Meet & Greet

Soul Food Junkies

runtime - 1 hr. 4 min

Saturday June 10, 2023  | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Ann Louise Davis Room


800 Park Avenue

Plainfield NJ, 07060


Soul Food Junkies
by Byron Hurt

Filmmaker & Plainfield New Jersey resident Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits smothered with gravy, bacon, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue chicken and ribs, candied yams coated with cinnamon and brown sugar, and other delicious but fatty foods right out of the black southern tradition.

In Soul Food Junkies, Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.


Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film 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 challenging to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers’ markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.

MEET FILMMAKER Byron Hurt Q&A immediately to follow the screening

Screentalk Umoja (Unity)

Screetalk Umoja is a free film screening and filmmaker meet and greet held the 2nd Saturday each month from May - September at Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield NJ. Films featured are produced by underrepresented filmmakers from Black, Latino, Asian,Female and LGBTQ communities.  All films are curated to focus on issues and perspectives that will engage the audience, evoke thought and provocate change.  Each screening is followed by an intimate fireside chat / q&a to help attendees gain further insight, inspiration and understanding of the filmmaking process.

Each session approx 2 hrs. Screening. Filmmaker Meet and Greet immediately follow screening

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