“Screening of Bhopal Films”
Harold Crooks is an author and writer/producer whose award-winning and acclaimed documentary film credits include Bhopal: The Search for Justice and the TV series Black Coffee. He is a recipient of a Genie Award of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television; a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, a Leo Award for Best Screenwriter (Documentary) of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of B.C., a National Documentary Film Award (Best Writing Category) at 1996 Hot Docs!, a Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Awards finalist, a Commonwealth Fellowship, India, and a Fund for Investigative Journalism (Washington, DC) travel grant. Crooks also wrote an exposé of the transnational waste management industry, “Giants of Garbage.”
Rajan Sharma is the Counsel for the Bhopal victims in their US lawsuit against Union Carbide. He specializes in international law and complex litigation. He became involved in the Bhopal gas victims’ quest for justice even before he graduated from the Washington College of Law at American University, Washington, in 1996. Since then he has been compiling evidence for the case against the Union Carbide Corporation. As counsel for five organisations representing survivors and for seven individual victims, Sharma has argued before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking damages for environmental contamination, medical monitoring, and the clean-up of the plant, which polluted sub-surface groundwater in more than a dozen adjacent communities in Old Bhopal. His work on the Bhopal case is the subject of a film documentary entitled Litigating Disaster by Ilan Ziv. In addition to his work as an international lawyer, Mr. Sharma is an author, political activist and one of the most provocative political and social commentators writing today. A seasoned lecturer, Mr. Sharma has been interviewed on radio and television frequently. He has appeared on BBC News World Report and Public Radio’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. Sharma is based in New York City.