The documentary, Nor Any Drop to Drink, focuses on the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
In 2014, in order to save money, the state switched Flint’s water supply to the heavily polluted Flint River as a cost saving measure. Almost immediately, residents complained of rashes, hair and tooth loss and expressed concerns about Legionnaire’s disease, miscarriage and childhood development. Belatedly, officials admitted that the water was contaminated. Both Michigan and the federal government declared a state of emergency. In 2016, the public was inundated with images of children being tested for lead, protests, and crowded water distribution sites. Today, Flint has largely dropped out of national headlines. However the horrors faced by many residents still remain.
Punctuated by the experiences of ordinary residents, Nor Any Drop to Drink sheds light on how failure of government, declining infrastructure, economic policy and structural racism created the Flint water crisis. The continuing struggles of residents are also highlighted. Nor Any Drop to Drink seeks to better understand why today, in Flint, a city in the Great Lakes State, there is neither trust in governmental institutions…nor any drop to drink.
Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Cedric Taylor, writer, director, and co-producer (Central Michigan University).
This event is sponsored by HAPP and the Centre for the Americas.
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