Everything we perceive now is a result of the past.
In 1984 December, India’s worst Industrial accident happened in Bhopal. The Union Carbide Plant leaked nearly 40 tonnes of MIC – Methyl Isocyanate, which is a highly poisonous gas and this led to the death of more than thirty thousand citizens. The gas had tremendous effect in people and resulted in multi systemic issues in survivors. The nightmare didn’t get over; its remnants are still present in the soil, so in the people.
The gas leak could be an accident but something which couldn’t be considered as an accident also occurred. The Union Carbide Factory dumped all their chemical wastes in pits and ponds around the area of the factory and recent research shows about 3.5km radially the land’s groundwater index is affected i.e.; not fit for drinking. The colonies comprising hundreds of families are still residing in that area.
Director – Dilu Maliackal
Dilu Maliackal, the director, grew up near Muvattupuzha in Kerala and moved to Bhopal when she was 19 to pursue a Bachelor of Design degree from NID in Madhya Pradesh. Dilu is in her final year of studies and recently directed the documentary ‘Bagawat – Rebellion,’ which follows the history of Chambal, its sociopolitical situation over time, and media portrayal of its dacoity history. She previously worked as a director on several shorts in college and directed the documentary ‘Zahreela – The Second Poisoning,’ which is based on the truth about a disease-stricken population affected by the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. She won Best Woman Film at the Kalakari Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Kerala Short Film Festival for Zahreela. These are some of the accomplishments she has made so far, along with official selections for a few international festivals. Her main professional objective is to hear more perspectives and stories, develop new narratives, and share them with a wider audience.