Michael Moore has long been the biggest advocate for his home city of Flint, Michigan. When General Motors CEO Roger Smith closed numerous auto plants in the 1980s and sent the community into a economic depression, Moore picked up his camera to document the consequences and make his debut film, “Roger and Me.” Recently, the Flint, Michigan water crisis has sent the city into national headlines, and just last month Moore wrote a powerful op-ed for TIME lashing out at the government negligence to poisoning Flint’s people.
In the midst of the water crisis, Moore is giving back to the community once more by screening his latest film, “Where to Invade Next,” for free. The movie’s distributors — Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League — announced the plans yesterday that Flint residents will be able to see the film for free at local theaters beginning this Friday, February 19. The film will open at Cinemark’s Flint West 14 and the NCG Trillium Cinema + Imax, with tickets being given out at no charge for a full one-week run.
“This is the most important film of the year for Americans to see as we head into a pivotal Presidential election,” said the distributors in an official statement. “The single most impactful message in this film is the idea of being a good neighbor – treating people with respect, helping one another, and looking out for the good of others rather than just yourself. This message resonates particularly in Flint right now, so we wanted to make the film free of charge to all of its residents.”
“Where to Invade Next” finds Moore traveling the globe to investigate the way other countries have handled a wide array of social, political and economic topics, all while trying to figure out what America could learn from these ideals to make itself a better country. The film is now playing in limited release.