[act-ma] 02/03 Bhopal The worst Industrial disaster in human history : Documentary screening with director (Today, 6:30 pm, MIT 6-120)

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu Feb 3 07:11:30 PST 2011

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Students for Bhopal at MIT, Association for India's development at MIT 
and the Boston Coalition for Justice in Bhopal are together bringing the 
award winning director Max Carlson to Boston for a special screening of 
his critically acclaimed documentary "Bhopali". The screening at MIT 
will happen Today, February 3rd at 6:30 pm.

We hope you can catch him in one of these screenings. A really 
flattering review of Bhopali was just released in Variety Magazine 

Karthik Shekhar (Students for Bhopal, MIT)

*When :* Thursday, February 3, 2011 (6:30pm)
*Where:* MIT, Building 6, Room 120
The event is Free and Open to the Public.
Watch the Movie Trailer <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttD-1oT9M7M 

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*About the Documentary:*
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. 26 years have passed since the disaster, yet the suffering 
continues and, for the victims, justice has yet to be seen. Award 
winning director Van Maximilian Carlson presents a modern portrait of 
shattered lives in the community surrounding the abandoned Union Carbide 
factory. We focus on survivors of the disaster and their families as 
they continue life amongst 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 American corporation responsible for 
the disaster. Featuring Noam Chomsky, Satinath Sarangi, and attorney 
Rajan Sharma.

*About the Director, Van Maximilian Carlson

Van Maximilian Carlson, born November 1984, is a Los Angeles-based 
director, editor, and cinematographer who has worked on numerous 
projects including documentaries, commercials, trailers, and several 
original dramatic films. His directorial works have received numerous 
awards, such as a “Special Jury Award” at the 40th Annual USA Film 
Festival, the “Most Promising Director Award” at the Bualo Niagara Film 
Festival, and the “Best Director Award” at the Toronto International 
Teen Movie Festival for a short film he completed while in high school. 
He directed and shot DISSOCIATIVE (2008), which went on to win a “Best 
thriller Award.” His film, NINTH NOVEMBER NIGHT (2004), was considered 
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Documentary Screening 
Committee to be “one of the outstanding documentaries of 2004.” His 
editorial work has also been recognized and awarded three Promax/ BDA 
awards and one Key Art nomination.

*Association for India's Development <http://www.aidindia.org/ 
(AID) is a volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, 
equitable, and just development. In solidarity with non-violent people's 
struggles, AID supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates 
efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, 
livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment, and social 

Karthik Shekhar
karthikshekhar at gmail.com

Graduate Student,
The Laboratory for Computational Immunology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Office: E19-536
Tel: 217-979-9852

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