Local Screening to Explore Soul Food Traditions

Jan 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org

Local Film Screening to Explore Soul Food Traditions

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library will host a free Community Cinema screening of the film Soul Food Junkies on Saturday, January 26 at 2:30pm at the library, 405 West Main in Carbondale.

Angie Bailey, Director of Health Education at the Jackson County Health Department in Murphysboro, and Jo Sanders, Coordinator of the Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Health Ministry will facilitate a discussion after the film. Joining Bailey and Sanders will be local ambassadors of Project Power, a program developed by the American Diabetes Association for predominantly African American church congregations.

Baffled by his father's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, Soul Food Junkies filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its impact on health in the African American community. The film also looks at the socioeconomics of the American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find.

The remaining Community Cinema schedule is as follows: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (February 23), Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (March 30), The Island President (April 27), The Revolutionary Optimists (May 25), and Love Free or Die (June 29).  

Community Cinema is national civic engagement initiative featuring free film screenings of films distributed by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), followed by discussion of the themes explored in each film. Film screenings are held at the Carbondale Public Library on the last Saturday of every month at 2:30pm. Screenings will be held monthly through June 2013. The project is designed to bring communities together to discuss key social issues of our time.

For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or vickie.devenport@wsiu.org. More information can be found online at the WSIU Community Cinema website.

The Community Cinema initiative is a service of Independent Television Service (ITVS) and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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Soul food - an American cuisine.
Credit Shawn Escoffery for Independent Lens