Bhopali is a feature-length documentary about the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Thousands were killed and up to 500,000 were affected by the contaminants. Twenty-eight years have passed since the disaster yet the suffering continues and for the victims, justice has yet to be seen.
For the Bhopal people, the disaster has been unending. There are more than 100,000 people still chronically ill. In fact, children today born to gas-affected people are besieged with birth defects and growth disorders. Additionally, for the last 15 years 30,000 people living in the region with no other choice have had to drink contaminated water.
Award-winning director Van Maximilian Carlson presents a modern portrait of shattered lives in the community surrounding the abandoned Union Carbide factory. The focus is on survivors of the disaster and their families as they continue life among the indelible remainders of contamination and death. Set against a backdrop of high stakes activism, global politics and human rights advocacy, this film explores the ongoing struggle for justice against Union Carbide. The demands for justice from the corporation are articulated in Bhopali via interviews, quintessential scenes of activism and commemorative events spanning the 25th anniversary. The film features Noam Chomsky, Satinath Sarangi and attorney Rajan Sharma.
Directed by Van Maximilian Carlson
Produced by Kirk Palayan