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Title From Flint : voices of a poisoned city / director, Elise Conklin ; producer, Liv Larsen ; executive producer, Bob Albers ; College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University, Media Sandbox
Published [San Francisco, California] : Video Project, 2016
[San Francisco, California] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017
(Record copyright date from any source)


Description 1 online resource (1 video file (25 min.)) : sound color
Summary This film goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them. Flint is a city of 100,000 people, with 41% living below the poverty line and an African-American majority. The city switched in 2014 to water from the polluted Flint River to save money, but the new water supply wasn't properly treated. Lead from aging lines leached into the local water supply, along with coliform bacteria and other contaminants, creating a serious health crisis. Up to 12,000 children may have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. Some residents were also forced to abandon their homes without warning. Residents describe their personal struggles, including the serious medical issues that afflicted them -- seizures, rashes, problems affecting newborns and young children -- as well as their anger over a government that continually failed to protect them. The citizens of Flint make their displeasure known through emotional testimonies to officials about the impact on children and families, as well as through large, peaceful protests. The film also highlights how residents and local organizations have come together to help and support one another through the crisis. Ultimately, the Flint water crisis was a failure of government at every level, with important lessons for other cities and towns. From Flint concludes by noting the indictment of several officials responsible for the crisis and its mismanagement, though the impact of their actions irreversibly linger
Notes Originally produced by The Video Project in 2016
Streaming video file
Credits Director of photography, Izak Gracy ; editor, Lauren Selewski ; music, Ben Coberly
Performer Participants: Eugene Davis, Julie Lynn Ledford Durbin, Justicee Durbin
Notes Soundtrack in English; closed captioned
Doc NYC 2016, official selection; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Student Academy Award, Documentary Category; Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2016; East Lansing Film Festival 2016, official selection; Flint Youth Film Festival 2016, 1st Place College Documentary; Chain Film Festival 2016, official selection; Spartan Film Fest 2016, official selection; Social Justice Film Festival, official selection; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2016, official selection; Traverse City Film Festival 2016, official selection
Description based on online resource; title from title screens (Kanopy, viewed May 1, 2020)
Subject Water quality -- Michigan -- Flint -- Citizen participation
Political participation -- Michigan -- Flint
Drinking water -- Contamination -- Social aspects -- Michigan -- Flint
Water-supply -- Michigan -- Flint
Political participation.
Social conditions.
Flint (Mich.) -- Environmental conditions
Flint (Mich.) -- Social conditions
Michigan -- Flint.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Short films.
Nonfiction films.
Environmental films.
Documentary films.
Documentary films.
Environmental films.
Nonfiction films.
Short films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Films environnementaux.
Films autres que de fiction.
Courts métrages.
Vidéos pour personnes handicapées auditives.
Form Streaming video
Author Conklin, Elise, film director.
Larsen, Liv, film director.
Albers, Robert, film producer.
Gracy, Izak, director of photography
Coberly, Ben, composer (expression)
Selewski, Lauren, editor of moving image work
Davis, Eugene (Activist), on-screen participant
Ledford Durbin, Julie Lynn, on-screen participant
Durbin, Justicee, on-screen participant
Michigan State University. College of Communication Arts and Sciences, production company.
Video Project, publisher.
Kanopy (Firm), film distributor.
Other Titles Subtitle on Kanopy website: Investigating the Michigan water crisis