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FDL Movie Night: BHOPALI

On the night of December 2, 1984, a cloud of poison gas leaked from the Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India killing 10,000 and injuring over 500,000 people.

This is a documentary about the aftermath.  It will reach into your soul and make you angry at the “system.”  As the title of the film tells us: The Bhopal Disaster DID NOT HAPPEN. IT IS HAPPENING. Max Carlson (Director / Cinematographer / Editor) and Kirk Palayan (Producer) present the continuing disaster happening in Bhopal today. You’ll see the contaminated water that is full of toxins that the population is drinking, generation after generation; the sicknesses continue to destroy bodies and families; the Union Carbide plant that is still polluting.  It covers the legal history of the disaster. Warren Anderson, CEO of Union Carbide, who was arrested and bailed out, left India and has not been held responsible.   What did the government of India get for settling the lawsuits as the sole representative of the victims?

This film shows the activism of people like Sanjay Verma, a Bhopal Survivor, that is growing. It shows the people speaking out, demanding change and accountability.  It shows the quiet heroes working every day in overcrowded clinics with the second and third generation children of the disaster. It shows the ruined lives of the families in Bhopal.

It also highlights the ongoing legal battle. Rajan Sharma, the attorney for the victims finds himself in a legal Catch-22.  Is Union Carbide immune from justice?

Please welcome Max Carlson and Kirk Palayan to the Lake.

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