About Bhopal Chemical Disaster To Coincide With 20th Anniversary
Events For Bhopal, India.
THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
Dec 4th - San Francisco
Dec 5th - Stanford
Screening and Discussion
with NADEEM UDDIN
December 3, 1984, the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal,
India leaked poisonous methyl isocyanate gas killing fifteen
thousand helpless men, women
and children. Hundreds of thousands more were permanently maimed.
Bhopal was, and remains, the world’s worst chemical industry disaster.
years later, survivors and their families are being re-victimized by the deliberate
of scientific and medical studies concerning the disaster. To this day,
they have been denied definitive information about the precise
the leaked gas and its long-term effects. Each day, children are born with
that may be related to the gas leak. Beautiful Bhopal, once known as the “City
of Mosques” is a sad, disgraceful testament to the absence of environmental
and human justice - very much a place where “the world stopped watching”.
film "Bhopal: The Search for Justice", straddles the intersection
between science, politics and human rights. Exploring charges of corruption,
graft and greed, the film follows Raajkumar Keswani, the local journalist
whose prediction of the Union Carbide disaster proved prophetic. Set against
rich visual tapestry of India, Keswani travels through the Indian bastiis
where the poorest victims live, and to the offices of frustrated doctors
Finally he makes his first trip to North America in search of answers.
activists protest and demand justice from DOW Chemical (which
now owns Union Carbide), Keswani documents the legacy of the
gas leak - the
pollution of drinking water sources; gas widows trying to survive on
inadequate settlements; the possibility that second and third
generation children are
growing up with genetic abnormalities caused by the gas.
film explores the haunting human cost of a multinational polluter. Its subjects
articulate their desperate need for the truth. Bhopal is a
continues to worsen. Beyond the initial horror and devastation of the
gas tragedy is the spreading damage of environmental and genetic assault.
At stake is more
than fair compensation and long-term rehabilitation for the afflicted – “Bhopal” has
become a rallying cry for post 9/11 concerns about chemical industry
security and industrial pollution. Ultimately, the horrific gas leak
at Union Carbide
imposed a "chemical trespass" of the human body that demands
greater regulation by governments and responsibility from multinational
corporations. (2004, 65 minutes)
NADEEM UDDIN WILL BE PRESENT AT THE SCREENING Filmmaker Nadeem Uddin
is a native of Bhopal, India, now living in the Pacific Northwest. He has produced
and photographed programs for Indian television and social activist organizations.
Nadeem is also the director of the documentary MAHA
KUMBH MELA – “SONGS
OF THE RIVER”, which documents the 2001 Khumb Mela festival (the largest
gathering of humanity in recorded history!) that took place in Allahabad, India.
Uddin is founder and president of Samsara Films.
Bhopal.net Latest news and updates
about the international campaign for justice in Bhopal.
Students for Bhopal National network
of students dedicated to campaigning for the victims of the
Petition for Justice Petition
to Dow Chemical: Even 20 years later, the people of Bhopal,
India, continue to suffer and die because of Dow-Carbide’s
gas and the poisons it left behind.
Rai's Photographs on Bhopal