Flint: The Poisoning of an American City
David Barnhart, 85 minutes, USA
100,000 people have been poisoned by lead, a lifelong affliction, yet somehow this shocking event has been normalized in the US. FLINT: THE POISONING OF AN AMERICAN CITY gives voice to the struggle of residents and how the seeds for this “crisis” were actually sown over a hundred years of environmental contamination, infrastructure decline, and systems that privileged some and marginalized others due to race and class. Flint explores the critical question of how this could happen in America, and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. It educates and inspires action, seeking to radically change how we value water.
The late Congressman Elijah Cummings on FLINT: THE POISONING OF AN AMERICAN CITY — “Films like this are so important because they won’t let people forget what is still happening in Flint. Films like this one keep Flint’s story alive and underscore that what happened in Flint isn’t an isolated tragedy. It’s happening all over our country to people who don’t have the influence and the political power to fight back. But we will fight back, and we will not stop until every single American’s right to clean drinking water is safe and secure.”