The town of Flint, Michigan, a minuscule point on the map, recently drew national attention through documentary film maker Michael Moore.
Flint is predominantly populated by African Americans who migrated from the south after Reconstruction. Flint can be viewed as a microcosm of America’s poverty stricken urban areas. Once abandoned by General Motors, Flint became one of the poorest urban areas in the country. Flint Town Kids captures the bleak setting in which these Flint natives exist. It powerfully examines the hardships, the sufferings, mishaps and sacrifices made in order to persist in this town.
Flint Town Kids highlights the frightening education system in Flint where schools are designed to produce basketball players only. On the other hand, students who are non basketball players are left with mediocre excuses for classrooms while adjusting to the lack of libraries needed to empower young minds. The documentary takes a very close look at children who bare the armour of strength in trying to escape Flint.
The film highlights current and former NBA players such as Morris Peterson, Eddie Robinson, Trent Tucker and Glen Rice as well as Tracy McGrady, LeBron James, Jason Richardson, Chucky Atkins, and Jonathan Bender who have achieved the dream of making it to the pros.
For those who are not as fortunate to escape the nightmarish lifestyle that Flint brings, they embark on survival methods such as drugs and violence.