After calling for the arrest of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Michael Moore is doing his hometown of Flint, Michigan another solid. The filmmaker will screen his latest documentary for free for a week at several local theaters, Variety reports.
Where to Invade Next follows the 61-year-old’s journey to European countries to see how they deal with social and political issues, and how that differs in America. Among the nations on the list were Portugal, where he examined the effects of the decriminalization of drugs, and Italy, where workers enjoy fewer work hours and more vacation time.
With an election year coming up and major issues like the poisoned water in Flint at the forefront of conversations, this film couldn’t have come at a better time. "This is the most important film of the year for Americans to see as we head into a pivotal presidential election," said Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League, whose distribution label released the film.
"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," they added.
The documentary premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released in theaters on Dec. 23.