The Seventh Annual Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World film series with the film, Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain.
Katharine “Kat” Kramer kicked-off the opening event of The Seventh Annual Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World film series with the film, Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain.
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, directed and co-written by Ravi Kumar, is a drama based on true events leading up to December 3, 1984 when a pesticide leak at Union Carbide located Bhopal, Central India killed thousands of people in a few hours, while causing serious health problems for many others. Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee, the film examines the tragic aftermath of what is still considered to this day, over 30 years later, as the world’s worst industrial disaster. The 96-minute feature film was produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment.
The event Keynote Speaker was Tim Edwards, Executive Trustee of the Bhopal Medical Appeal, who will speak 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 served as a fundraiser for Bhopal Medical Appeal. A limited number of autographed posters from the film, signed by cast and filmmakers were auctioned off silently at the event to benefit the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
After a screening of the film, Kat Kramer moderated a Think-Tank Panel Discussion, including the film’s stars Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton; the director and co-writer, Ravi Kumar; the executive producers Terrance A. Sweeney and Leszek Burzynski and the director of photography Charlie Wuppermann.
During the course of the evening, The First Annual Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World, “Marsha Hunt For Humanity Award,” a new component of the Cinema Series, presented to the legendary 97-year-old actress and social activist, Marsha Hunt, by special guest, SAG-AFTRA President, Ken Howard.
Katharine “Kat” Kramer founded Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World to showcase motion pictures that raise awareness about important social issues. In so doing, she is following in the footsteps of her late father, the legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who was known for taking artistic and financial chances by making movies about controversial subjects.
The film series, Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World began in 2009 with Barbra Streisand’s film 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 www.