Director: Ravi Kumar, India/UK, 2013, 103 mins, UK Premiere, ICA
Closing Night Gala
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director
A drama tackling one of the great corporate and environmental scandals of the last half century, A Prayer for Rain is the powerful and moving story of the Bhopal tragedy.
Featuring both a high-profile Indian cast including Fagun Thakrar and Tannishtha Chatterjee, as well as American stars Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, and Mischa Barton, Ravi Kumar’s debut is both a labour of love and a timely call for action, arriving on the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Union Carbide plant malfunction, the consequences of which are tragically ongoing.
Dramatising the dependence of the local community on the chemical plant that will eventually cause catastrophe, and the series of oversights that led to an event that stands as a benchmark for corporate irresponsibility in the developing world, this is vital and important film with which to close this year’s Festival.
To see a trailer of the film see below
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