Queen Latifah stars in documentary about Flint water crisis

During filming on Thursday in Toronto, Latifah said that American officials including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acted for too long like the water crisis did not exist.
By Harry Marcolis | May 09, 2017
Singer Queen Latifah is hoping that her role in a film about the Flint water crisis will focus the spotlight in what she terms as one of the great American tragedies of this century.

During filming on Thursday in Toronto, Latifah said that American officials including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acted for too long like the water crisis did not exist.

Latifah added her conviction that someone should be in jail for the water crisis.

Flint's water was polluted with lead for at least 18 months, starting in spring 2014.

While under the control of state-appointed financial managers, the city with nearly 100,000 residents tapped the Flint River as its water source while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was being constructed.

However, the river water wasn't treated to reduce corrosion, allowing the lead from old pipes and other fixtures to seep into the drinking water.

"There were a bunch of people who knew about it and then didn't do anything," Latifah said.

The movie chronicles the story of women from Flint who fought for justice for the residents who were unknowingly drinking and using water laced with lead.

During a visit to the set, the rapper filmed a scene in a hospital room, where the actress playing her character's daughter is informed that she has suffered a miscarriage.

Latifah said that although her character is a composite, it took a lot of noise to get word to the right people.

"This was a team effort to even bring this to light the way it should have been, and then to counter a bunch of people in power who said there was no problem," Latifah said.

Lead contamination in the past has been linked to learning disabilities and other issues in children.

Flint switched from a Detroit regional water system to the Flint River to save funds.

The city has since moved back to the Detroit water system.

 

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