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Flint: The Poisoning of an American City

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Toxic water supply devastates Michigan city in earnest docu.

Movie NR 2020 85 minutes
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Informing the public about the victimization of an entire city is an invaluable contribution, and in this well-made, thoughtful documentary David Barnhart takes the opportunity seriously. It's hard not to be angered at what Barnhart discloses. Ignoring lead content in drinking water that's unequivocally known to cause brain damage in kids is criminal. Standing by while residents of all ages become ill from a wide variety of diseases (including cancer) is shameful.

Perhaps the most cynical revelation is that throughout this water calamity, Flint's residents have been regularly charged high prices for the water they cannot use. Then, when the bills go unpaid, they'll be held accountable and lose the houses for which there's no market. Flint: The Poisoning of an American City is not flashy, cutting-edge filmmaking. It's an old-school documentary -- just the facts, the faces, and the fire.

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