Community Cinema: Soul Food Junkies
Wed, January 9 7pm
Soul food is a quintessential American cuisine, with a rich history and an abiding significance to black cultural identity. But with its core celebration of all things fried and smothered, it has also had lasting effects on African Americans - health, both for better and for worse. 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. Soul Food Junkies also looks at the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find.
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood will present Community Cinema on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm.
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Every month between October and June, Community Cinema presents an upcoming Independent Lens program. We work with leading organizations, local communities and public television stations to provide community engagement around the important social issues raised in the films. Each screening event features panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources and other programming designed to help people learn more and get involved.
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