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Flint: The Poisoning of an American City Screening & Discussion

November 14, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Global Women’s Institute in partnership with the GW Multicultural Student Services Center, GreenGW and Black Millennials for Flint invite you to a screening of “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City”.
The film will be followed by a discussion with the film director, David Barnhart as well as a Flint resident, Rev. Greg Timmons, Flint Recovery Coord.
“Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” traces the timeline of the city’s interaction with the Flint River – from the continued abuse and neglect of both city infrastructure and environmental regulations, to subsequent population decline, through to Michigan’s 2013 appointing of outside emergency managers. This poisonous mix of factors created a crisis which has gone on for five years, resulting in record high levels of lead in the drinking water of the city.
The film intersperses first-person accounts of area residents (including parents, social workers, educators, pastors, and experts on water and health) with testimony at congressional and other oversight committee hearings to demonstrate how 100,000 people have been poisoned by lead, an irreversible affliction. No timeline exists for the remediation of the situation.
“Flint” explores the critical question of how this could happen in America and how this event should serve as a warning for the rest of the country. A recent report found that 5,300 American cities were found to be in violation of federal lead rules, and research published in USA Today detected excessive lead in nearly 2,000 public water systems across all 50 states. This documentary educates and inspires action, seeking to radically change how we view and value water.
About the Director:
David Barnhart is an award-winning producer, director and filmmaker and is committed to story as a means to facilitate community engagement. His most recent projects, “Kepulihan: When the Waters Recede” (a film 10 years in the making), “Trigger: The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence” (a 7-year project) and “Locked in a Box: Immigration Detention” have received awards and been screened at festivals across the country. “Trigger,” which examines the ripple effect that one shooting has on an individual, family, community and society, had the distinguished honor of being selected for the Martin Luther King Jr. D.R.E.A.M Film Series. His most recent doc short, “To Breathe Free,” focuses on the 5-year journey of a Syrian refugee family fleeing the war in Homs to the refugee camps in Jordan and starting a new life in Washington, D.C. He is currently in production on a follow up to “Trigger” that looks at how different individuals are responding to the epidemic of gun violence in their own communities. Barnhart is the proud and tired father of twins. He and his wife Elsie live in Atlanta, GA.
For more information on the film: http://www.flintpoisoning.org/