2016 Festival

From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City

Friday, April 14, 7:00pm - Land, Water and Freedom: Short films about resistance.

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. This film tells the story of the Flint Water Crisis from the perspectives of those who have experienced this tragedy first hand and from activists on the ground working through grass-root organizations to make a difference. While the national news media has been covering this event through the governments point of view, From Flint takes you inside the city to uncover this incident first hand.

Documentary, Directed by Elise Conklin. 25 minutes.

* The filmmaker and an activist from Flint will both be present for a post-screening discussion.