This Monday FDL Movie Night presents Bhopali directed by Max Carlson, a stunning look at the survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India which killed 25,000 and continues to destroy the lives of the survivors and their children. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster.
This film has it all: Bad corporations, bad chemicals, bad decision making; along with good people trying to do the best they can–doctors, activists, families, even the police who arrest the head of Union Carbide for murder when he arrives in Bhopal. Bhopali focuses on the second generation of Bhopal’s residents who live daily in a horribly polluted environment, drinking groundwater loaded with toxic chemicals.
The winner of numerous festival awards for its powerful storytelling and stunning visuals, Bhopali shows the strength of the human spirit even when confronted with both overwhelming disaster and the grotesque venality of the corporate mindset.
Movie Night is Monday 8-9:30pm ET.
Max Carlson’s documentary has won numerous awards at festivals.