Documentaries – Bhopal
Secrets and Lies, 2007
Greek documentary that explores how the Union Carbide chemical disaster of 1984 continues to affect people today. Passionate feelings of indignation, not least from the pic’s experienced documaker Stavros Stagos, shine through. Won a prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.
Witnesses in the pic’s first half report how a trail of negligence and mismanagement led to the deadly gas leak. The rest details how Bhopal’s current residents are still being poisoned by contamination never properly cleaned up, and how the U.S. and Indian governments have colluded in the coverup. Subversive use of archival footage, such as old commercials for Union Carbide products, adds zing to an adequate tech package. – VARIETY
Produced, written, directed by Stavros Stagos. Camera (color, DV) Stelios Apostopoulos; editor, Stathis Avgoustatos; music, Marios Strofalis. Original title: Mystika kai psemata. English, Hindi, Urdu dialogue. Running time: 79 MIN.
Bhopali (due out 2010)