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Flint Town

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Powerful docuseries examines crime and cops in Flint, Mich.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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Beautifully shot and edited, this sobering documentary about the Flint, Michigan, police department addresses issues facing the entire country. Citizens who fear police and police who work in fear are depicted, and the filmmakers use a number of documentary techniques -- direct address to the camera, ride-along footage, montage -- to present a very objective view of life in an economically depressed and violent city. Due to the amount of time the filmmakers were embedded with the police department, Flint Town is able to look at all sides of the law enforcement chain of command and observe the consequences of decisions made at the top. The documentary shows us the election of a new mayor and the transfer of power from one chief of police to the next, and how politics impact the officers on the ground and the community at large. During the course of filming, numerous police shootings occurred across the country, and we see the officers react to the news footage of these events. Race is of course a factor here, and the diverse members of the Flint PD have differing opinions about how these situations could have been handled.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 2, 2018
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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