Documentary on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy to be screened in England.

A documentary film based on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy will soon be screened in England which is shot by two students from the University of Liverpool over a period of two months.

bhopal Updated: Sep 17, 2012 17:25 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times

A documentary film based on how Bhopal Gas Tragedy continues to haunt thousands of lives in Bhopal will be screened at the West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival 2012 on September 29 in Birmingham, England.

Filmed by two medical students from the University of Liverpool, this documentary focuses on the continued health effects of the tragedy through the journey and experiences of the people running the Sambhavna Clinic. Director Joseph Malone will discuss his documentary on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, titled Sambhavna, after its screening.

While speaking to HT, activist and Sambhavna Clinic's managing trustee Satinath Sarangi said, last year two students from the University of Liverpool shot the documentary in Bhopal over a period of two months. "I guided them on many aspects of this gas tragedy especially the continued health trauma and environmental concerns", he said, adding, "I am happy that awareness about the continued effects of the tragedy are being highlighted at the international level by screening of this documentary".

According to the website, that has put the 20-minute documentary online, on its link, "Joseph Malone has created a documentary about the Bhopal gas disaster and Dow Chemical's current responsibilities to the people of Bhopal. It also celebrates the Sambhavna Clinic, which provides free health care to victims of the Bhopal gas disaster and to the victims of the water contamination. The contamination is caused by the fact that the site of the disaster has still not been cleaned up". Greenwash Gold 2012 is a campaign that has been developed by three organisations: London Mining Network, Bhopal Medical Appeal and the UK Tar Sands Network.

Sambhavna Clinic, a healthcare centre providing free medical treatment to gas victims, is funded by Brighton-based charity the Bhopal Medical Appeal. The first Bhopal Medical Appeal was published in The Guardian and The Observer on the gas tragedy's 10th anniversary, and evoked a huge response. The task of administering this fund was taken on by the Pesticides Action Network UK (PAN-UK), which adopted the Bhopal Medical Appeal as a project, and thus Sambhavna Trust was formed in Bhopal to run the Sambhavna Clinic, which started in 1996. The Bhopal Medical Appeal claims that till date its clinic has treated more than 35,000 people.

West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival 2012, scheduled from September 18 to October 18, will feature documentaries, dramas covering a range of current and contemporary Human Rights issues from around the world. All screenings will feature specially invited guest speakers, including filmmakers, academics, human rights lawyers, journalists, activists and local campaigning organisations. The festival is being organised under the aegis of the Birmingham International Film Society, which began in May 2008 to exhibit a wide variety of films from across the world that otherwise get passed over by the commercial operators.

·Documentary titled Sambhavna
·Will be shown at the West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival on September 29
·Made by 2 medical students from Liverpool University
·Online link
·Highlights the continued health trauma of the victims and environmental concerns.

First Published: Sep 17, 2012 11:57 IST