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- (2004) Litigating Disaster (52 minutes)

by Ilan Ziv

How is it possible that nearly two decades after an event of such magnitude there is no legal closure? Constructed as attorney Rajan Sharma’s case as presented to fictitious jurors, LITIGATING DISASTER takes the viewers on a riveting cinematic investigation; presenting the compelling evidence assembled against Union Carbide including unique, never before seen documents unearthed through prolonged legal struggles, exclusive interviews with Union Carbide former officers, powerful archival material, and scenes filmed in and out of the abandoned plant.


- (2004) Bhopal: The Search for Justice (52 minutes)

by Peter Raymont and Lindalee Tracey

This film straddles the intersection between science, politics and human rights. Exploring charges of corruption, graft and greed, the film follows Raajkumar Keswani, the local journalist whose prediction of the Union Carbide disaster proved prophetic. Set against the rich visual tapestry of India, Keswani travels through the Indian bastiis where the poorest victims live, and to the offices of frustrated doctors and scientists. Finally he makes his first trip to North America in search of answers.


- (2004)One Night in Bhopal (60 minutes)

by Steven Condie and the BBC

This film reveals how and why an American-owned chemical factory that was meant to bring prosperity to the people of an Indian city, instead brought death and destruction. By mixing drama, documentary, graphics and archive material, the testimony of key witnesses, this documentary by the BBC reveals the events of the Bhopal disaster and how Union Carbide responded. It also gives a picture of the survivors today and their continuing health effects.


- (2004) Twenty Years Without Justice (17 minutes)

by Sanford Lewis

A campaign video that explores the consequences of the disaster, its causes, and the 20-year campaign which seeks justice for those who survived it. Includes interviews with gas survivors, the lawyer behind their historic lawsuit against Union Carbide, and a former engineer at the now-abandoned factory site.

http://bhopal.strategicvideo.net./ (March 2007 posting)

- (2004) The Goldman Awards (5 minutes)

A documentary narrated by Robert Redford which briefly recounts the events of "that night" and the stories of Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, two gas-affected women and leaders of the international campaign for justice who were jointly awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in April.

- (2003) Dateline: 'Hunting Warren Anderson' (35 minutes)

For almost 20 years, the survivors of the disaster have sought punishment for those they hold responsible, and they start at the top. They're targeting the American chief executive of the company - the now-retired 82-year-old Warren Anderson. So where does the buck stop when it comes to culpability for the world's worst industrial tragedy? Amos Cohen reports. A June 18, 2003 episode of the Australian Broadcast Company's news magazine.

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- (2002) MITGIFT - Aus Katastrophen lernen; Sevesco, Bhopal & Co. (45 minutes)

by Thomas Weidenbach and Meike Hemschemeier. 

This piece, screened on WDR television, compares the lessons of chemical danger and disaster in Seveso, Italy, and in Bhopal India.

In German. For a copy of the film contact weidenbach@tweidenbach.de

- (2001) Cloud over Bhopal (53 Minutes)

by Gerardo Olivares and Larry Levene

A short documentary based on Dominique Lapierre's book "Five Past Midnight in Bhopal". It was five past twelve on the night of the 2nd to the 3rd of December 1984. A dazzling cloud of toxic gas escapes from an American pesticide factory built in the ancient India city of Bhopal. The result: thirty thousand dead and five hundred thousand injured. A true story."

Gondwana Films.

- (1999) The Heart Becomes Quiet (88 minutes)

by Robin Schlaht and David Christensen

This film examines the legacy of a tragedy that has brought out the worst in some people, yet has offered others the possibility of redemption. This documentary examines seven individuals whose lives have been changed by the gas tragedy.

Hindi and Urdu with English Subtitles.

Copyright Agitprop Films and Zima Junction Productions.

- (1999) Bhopal Express (100 minutes)

by Mahesh Mathai

Bhopal Express, the only feature film ever made about the Bhopal tragedy, explores the true story of one of the world's largest industrial disasters. Championed by David Lynch and featuring Naseeruddin Shah and Zeenat Aman, the tragedy is revealed through the experiences of newlyweds Verma (Kay Kay), a foreman at the Carbide plant, his wife Tara (Nethra Raghuraman) and their friend Bashir (Shah).

Hindi with English subtitles.

- (1999) India & Free Trade: A Closer Look at Bhopal (35 minutes)

by Pavithra Narayanan

This film examines the Bhopal disaster through the context of increasing globalization and questions the tremendous influence that corporate giants wield throughout the 'developing' world. The documentary was released on the fifteenth anniversary of the Bhopal disaster.

- (1995) Bhopal: The Second Tragedy (52 minutes)

by Mark Tully

This documentary follows Mark Tully, the BBC correspondent who reported on the disaster from Bhopal in its immediate aftermath, as he returns to Bhopal ten years after the disaster.

- (1994) Bhopal: Setting the Record Straight (25 minutes)

by G. Switkes

A conversation with Munoz, former Managing Director of Union Carbide India. – An interview with Josh Karliner of Corpwatch.  "Munoz discusses his objections to the building of large storage tanks to hold MIC at the Bhopal plant. He talks of the dangers inherent in the continued storage of vast quantities of MIC at the Institute, West Virginia, plant. 

In English. For a transcript of the interview visit: http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11735&printsafe=1

- (1991) Chemical Valley (58 minutes)

by Mimi Pickering and Anne Lewis Johnson.

Chemical Valley begins with Bhopal and the immediate response in the Kanawha Valley, USA, an area once dubbed by residents, 'the chemical capital of the world.' The program follows events over the next five years, exploring issues of job blackmail, racism, and citizens' right to know and to act as it documents one community's struggle to make accountable an industry that has all too often forced communities to choose between safety and jobs.

- (1989) Unraveling the Tragedy at Bhopal (17 minutes)

This video explains Union Carbide's version of the events.

Available from the Union Carbide Corporation. 

- (1987) Bhopal - What Next? (40 minutes)

by Ian Graham

A film made by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which includes footage from the aftermath, interviews with trade union official who predicted the disaster or analyzed the aftermath, a refutation of the sabotage theory, and survivor interviews. 

- (1986) Bhopal: Beyond Genocide (80 minutes)

by Tapan Bose

Focusing on the Bhopal gas tragedy, this film presents a tale of technological development gone awry and was temporarily banned by the Indian Film Censor Board.

- (1986) Bhopal: License to Kill (55 minutes)

by Shoba Sadogopan, Reena Mohan, and Ranjan Palit

An independent Indian documentary that reveals the design and safety failures at the Bhopal plant and explains how they contributed to the disaster. The film also includes many interviews with the victims of the disaster, as well as the medical personnel who treated them on the night of the disaster and afterwards.

- The Seduction of Dr. Loya (45 minutes)

by Priya Krishnaswamy

This film tells the story of the disaster through the eyes of Union Carbide's Indian medical officer, who was called to the scene in the immediate aftermath of the leak. It's an exploration of the complexity of his reaction, and his torn loyalties. Union Carbide had paid for him to go to medical school, and gave him a plush job, but his mother died as a result of the leak, as did thousands of others.


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