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Lifetime movie "Flint" holds red carpet premiere

The Whiting rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of the Lifetime Network movie "Flint." (Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger)

FLINT, Mich. -- The Whiting rolling out the red carpet for the premiere of the Lifetime Network movie "Flint."

The film depicts the struggles residents have been living with during the water crisis.

Flint activist Melissa Mays and Nayyirah Shariff, who are both portrayed on the big screen, say they have yet to see the finished project until this evening.

"It’s going to be weird to see your own life and suffering on the screen," says Mays, "but if it comes with a purpose then it’s worth it."

Executive producer Neil Meron wanted to shed light on the issue in Flint after reading the story published in Time Magazine.

"I thought there was a great story to be told with the women of this community trying to uncover the truth behind the crisis," says Meron.

The story follows Mays, Shariff, and LeeAnne Walters as they fight back against Flint's lead-tainted water.

"They really are the toughest town around," says actress Marin Ireland who portrayed Mays. "I really I can’t believe what people have been living through for so long and to still stay so engaged and optimistic after this long I feel is a testament to the resilience of this community."

"Tomorrow we’re still going to have poisoned water," says Mays, "but I’m hoping that when people see this in Flint they’re reinvigorated because the story is about the Flint residents and their fight and the amazing work that’s been done by regular people."

The movie "Flint" is set to debut on Lifetime Saturday, October 28th at 8 p.m.




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