‘Bhopali’ screening Oct. 22 documents 1984 Gas Disaster

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The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB, North America), in collaboration with the UI Public Policy Center, Association for India’s Development (AID) and Amnesty International, is organizing a screening of the award-winning documentary Bhopali on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building, followed by a Q&A and discussion.

This event marks the 29th year of the Bhopal Gas Disaster, which has been a messy nexus of unresolved issues in health, corporate accountability, law, environment, and worker rights, among others.

Bhopali, made by award-winning director van Maximilian Carlson, documents the experience of second-generation children affected by the gas disaster of 1984 and groundwater contamination by Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemical, the second largest chemical company in the world. The documentary follows several Bhopali children as they and their families cope with the ongoing medical and social disaster, as well as their memories of the disaster that shocked the world. Set against a backdrop of high-stakes activism, global politics, and human rights advocacy, this film explores the Bhopalis’ ongoing struggle for justice and also features Noam Chomsky, activist Satinath Sarangi, and attorney Rajan Sharma.

For more information, contact Renu Pariyadath at renu-pariyadath@uiowa.edu.

 

About ICJB: The International Campaign for Justice for Bhopal (ICJB) is a coalition of disaster survivors and environmental, social justice, progressive Indian, and human rights groups that have joined forces to hold the Indian Government and Dow Chemical Corporation accountable for the ongoing chemical disaster in Bhopal, India. It was set up to address the grave injustices suffered by the half million Bhopal Gas Disaster survivors. To learn more visit www.studentsforbhopal.org.

About UI Public Policy Center: The Public Policy Center (PPC) is an interdisciplinary academic research center in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) that investigates the most important issues affecting our daily lives. Our research is focused on Iowa and beyond. We also assist researchers across campus with their studies and serve to bring the resources and expertise of the University to policy makers and the public.

About AID: Association for India's Development (AID) http://www.aidindia.org is a non-profit volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development, with over thirty chapters in the United States. AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in agriculture, energy, education, health, livelihoods, natural resources, women's empowerment and social justice. AID Iowa chapter meets every Thursday at 6pm in the IMU - join us! For information and updates please visit and “Like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aidiowa

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