Bhopal drama to screen, marking 30th anniversary of disaster

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster, “Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain” will have its West Virginia premiere at 7 p.m. today at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston. The fictionalized drama is based on the industrial disaster that killed thousands of people and injured hundreds of thousands more; The Los Angeles Times’ Martin Tsai says of the film, “Indian filmmaker Ravi Kumar vividly re-creates the disaster and the events leading to it for his ambitious and shattering first feature.” It stars Kal Penn (“House”) as a tabloid journalist who persuades his American journalist friend, played by Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), to investigate Carbide’s activities. Martin Sheen stars as Carbide CEO Warren Anderson. The screening is sponsored by People Concerned About Chemical Safety and the West Virginia International Film Festival. A panel discussion follows. Tickets are $5, and donations supporting the people of Bhopal will be accepted at the door. Call 304-389-6859 or visit

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