Flint Is a Place

  • Zackary Canepari
  • United States
  • 2016
  • Digital
  • World Premiere
  • DocLab: Elastic Reality, DocLab Program
Flint is a place that needs no introduction, certainly in the United States. With documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore as its best-known ambassador, Flint has become a symbol of all that can go wrong with the American Dream. This six-part web documentary gives a voice to the people of Flint, Michigan. They are more than the sum of their poverty, lead pollution and deserted factories. This transmedia project reveals how they experience their city, through photographs, video, diary excerpts, interviews and social media posts. The result is a powerful, stylized portrayal of pride, hope and pent-up anger. The residents talk about the lead-polluted water they had to drink for years, even though the authorities were aware of the danger, and the effects this has had on them. In another episode, we see Briana, the sister of a successful female boxer. Briana has been less fortunate than her sister: like so many of her fellow residents, she has no way of escaping Flint.

Credits

  • Spoken languages: English
Director
Zackary Canepari
Co-director
Drea Cooper, Jessica Dimmock
Production
Liza Faktor for Screen
Cinematography
Sophia Rose, Mo Scarpelli, Vanessa Carr, Jessica Dimmock, Drea Cooper, Joe Rivera
Editing
Lindsey Phillips, Joshua Banville, Drea Cooper, Julia Irwin, Nancy Musinguzi, Jessica Dimmock, Carter Gunn

IDFA history

2016
World Premiere
DocLab: Elastic Reality
DocLab Program

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