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Cherien Dabis: Dusdin Condren/cheriendabis.me
You’re most likely familiar with the Flint, Michigan water crisis, but you may not know about Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician whose research concluded that a generation of Flint children had come into contact with high levels of lead. “Amreeka” director Cherien Dabis’ next film will tell Hanna-Attisha’s story, Deadline reports.
Anonymous Content has optioned Hanna-Attisha’s book and life rights, with plans for Dabis to write, direct, and produce a feature film. The as-yet untitled book is “a dramatic first-hand account of the crisis that has inspired global outrage because underprivileged children were harmed due to scandalous neglect and indifference by bureaucrats,” the source writes.
“This is not just the story of a Michigan city and its toxic water,” explained Hanna-Attish, who is usually referred to as Dr. Mona. “This a personal story of how I, as an Iraqi-American immigrant, came to be a pediatrician in Flint and it is a story of science, medicine, justice, and democracy; of how they all intersect, and, ultimately, what we humans owe to each other.”
According to Dabis, she felt a connection to Hanna-Attisha from the moment she first heard about the pediatrician. “Like Dr. Mona, my father is a pediatrician. Because of him, I’ve always had a keen interest in public health and medicine,” she said. “When I read about Dr. Mona and the incredible work she’s done to expose the water crisis and her crusade on behalf of the people of Flint, it hit me on a deep and personal level.”
Dabis made her feature directorial debut in 2009 with “Amreeka,” a film about a Christian Palestinian woman raising her son in a small Indiana town. It won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes in 2009. Among Dabis’ other directing credits are “May in the Summer” and episodes of “The D Word” and “Empire.” She serves as producer on the latter and on “Quantico.”
In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Dabis stressed that “it can be really, really tough” for women trying to break into the business. “I think you just have to approach it from many different angles. You have to have so many balls in the air at the same time, and it can be really exhausting, but I think that tenacity and persistence are some of the most important things,” she said. “There are so many ways to get discouraged, but you just can’t allow yourself go there. You just have to always rise up and keep going.”
Cherien Dabis to Helm Film About Flint Researcher Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
In The Founder, John Carroll Lynch stars as Mac McDonald – who, partnered with his brother Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) – created the first McDonald’s restaurant in California in the 1940s. Based on a true story, the new film from director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), follows the trail of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach to the kitchen, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process to the ‘founder’ of an economic empire.
Appearing in over 50 films and television productions, John Carrol Lynch first sprang to prominence in 1996 with the Coen brothers’ critically acclaimed, Fargo. His films include Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire, Zodiac, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. On television, Lynch has starred in such popular series as The Drew Carey Show »
- Paul Heath
In the clip from tonight’s premiere, which you can watch above, troop commander Rip (Goggins) and the other SEALs in his unit attempt to figure out how to treat an injured woman who could also be a suicide bomber. Rip and his troops — Bear (Barry Sloane), Caulder (Kyle Schmid), Buddha (Juan-Pablo Raba), Chase (Edwin Hodge), Buck (Donny Boaz), and Fishbait (Jaylen Moore) — are tasked with some of the most dangerous missions in the military.
The “Muttaqi” that Rip refers to in the clip is the Osama bin Laden-esque mastermind whose actions have so unnerved Rip that he commits an act even his own men think is over the line, setting off a chain of events that will eventually lead to Rip’s kidnapping by Boko Haram. It »
- Oriana Schwindt
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