Film explores African-Americans’ unhealthy "soul food" habit

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Handout photo of filmmaker Byron Hurt with his mother, Frances Hurt, and sister, Taundra Hurt, holding family photos of Hurt's father, Jackie Hurt, who died of pancreatic cancer(Reuters) – After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies," filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate. The movie, which will premiere on January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television, examines how black cultural identity is linked to high-calorie, high-fat food such as fried chicken and barbecued ribs and how eating habits may be changing. In the deeply personal film, Hurt details his father's fight and eventual death from pancreatic cancer. …

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