On Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Canon USA screening room in Hollywood , was the red carpet arrivals and screening for the film Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain.
A Screening of the Film, Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain
The movie, starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn was released six years ago and marked this opening event for the seventh annual Kat Kramer’s Films that Change the World.
The movie deals with the city of Bhopal in central India and the fact that it surrounds the Union Carbide chemical plant. A rupture in the infrastructure caused by intentional company lack of safety measures creates a chemical reaction that releases cyanide gas into the air, killing, permanently crippling and sickening all living animals and man downwind of the smokestack of the factory.
As one can imagine, this is a graphic movie to watch.
The event Keynote Speaker ,Tim Edwards, Executive Trustee of the Bhopal Medical Appeal, spoke about the current status of his organization which is helping ill survivors who are still dealing with serious health issues as a result of the disaster, which happened over 30 years ago. The April 10th event also served as a fundraiser for Bhopal Medical Appeal.
The First Annual Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World, “Marsha Hunt For Humanity Award,” a new component of the Cinema Series, was presented to the legendary 97-year-old actress and social activist, Marsha Hunt, by special guest, SAG-AFTRA President, Ken Howard.
Kat Kramer is the daughter of the late director Stanley Kramer and his wife Karen Sharpe Kramer.
Kat, is also a wonderful actor and singer as well as a person who is trying to change the world through cinema.
Starting in 2009, Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World featured Barbara Streisand’s movie Yentl which focused attention on women’s equality and was used as a springboard for a discussion about the widespread sexual abuse of women in the Congo. The second film presented in the series in 2010 was the Academy Award-winning documentary film, The Cove, which exposed the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. In 2011 the film, Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy, about the suffering of elephants in captivity was presented. In 2012, the film, Teach Your Children Well, which deals with the growing problem of bullying in schools was screened. In 2013, the Australian documentary film, Fallout received its American Premiere in the series, exploring the subject matter of nuclear holocaust and the making of Stanley Kramer’s film On The Beach. In 2014, the controversial documentary film, The Decent One was presented in association with the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, chronicling the life Adolf Hitler’s right hand man, SS Commander Heinrich Himmler. To learn more, please visit .