Three years after their water was deemed unsafe to drink, residents of Flint, Michigan are still dealing with the fallout of the water crisis.
The horrendous contamination has exposed thousands of impoverished children to high levels of lead. This type of poisoning can cause life-long damage to the body as well as mental impairment. If that weren’t upsetting enough, the contamination has also been linked to the deaths of a dozen people from Legionnaires’ disease.
To this day, the water in Flint is still undrinkable without a filter, and understandably, many Flint residents don’t trust it. Still, that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from sniffing out a good story. According to Deadline, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott have just been cast in the Lifetime film, Flint. Based on the 2016 Time magazine cover story, The Poisoning of an American City, the made-for-TV film is set to tell the true story of three women from Flint who are seeking justice. Their real-life actions inspired a national movement for safe drinking water despite the political powers working against them to cover it all up. Cher was originally set to star in the film, but the superstar pulled out due to scheduling conflicts.
News of the film hasn’t exactly been met with applause. Many people feel like we should be more focused on the crisis, which is still unresolved instead of a made-for-profit film. At the very least, we hope that proceeds from the movie go to the residents of Flint who have been most gravely affected. Additionally, we hope that Lifetime incorporates some donation or volunteer aspect into the film so that those who do watch know how to get involved in combating this atrocity.
There is no release date yet for Flint, but production for the film began this week. Will you be watching?