In the early hours on 3 December 1984, methylisocyanate gas leaked from a plant owned, managed, and operated by the Union Carbide Corporation (an American company now owned by Dow Chemical, the second largest chemical company in the world) in the city of Bhopal. According to government figures, over 5,200 people died and nearly a hundred thousand others continue to suffer from permanent or partial disabilities to this day.
Bhopali is a modern portrait of shattered lives in the community surrounding the abandoned Union Carbide factory 25 years after the devastating tragedy. Set against a backdrop of high-stakes activism, global politics, and human rights advocacy, the film exposes the ongoing struggle for justice for the survivors of the disaster as they continue life among the indelible remainders of contamination and death.
Bhopali premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival to unanimous acclaim, winning both the Grand Jury and Audience Award.
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