Forum screens documentary on mercury contamination

‘Mercury in the Mist,’ a documentary on plight of people affected by alleged mercury contamination by Hindustan Uniliver Clinical Thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, was screened by Sevvakam, a youth forum, which organises monthly documentary screenings, in the city on Sunday.

The documentary was directed by R.P. Amudhan. The screening was supposed to take place on the premises of a school. “We received a call from the school authorities last night that they had given the venue to another organisation. The change was intimated to us in the last minute despite the fact that we booked the hall well in advance,” claimed R. Prabhakaran, convenor of the forum.

Two police personnel were present outside the school premises on Sunday morning. The members of the forum said that while they did not get a police permission for the public screening, they hadn’t been informed that it was required.

The 18-minute documentary was screened on the terrace of a house of the member of the forum with 40 people in attendance.

“The rising intolerance in our country can be best seen here due to the fact that we were not allowed to screen the documentary, which speaks on an important social issue which people should be aware of. There have been protests against the mercury contamination for the last 14 years and more people must be aware of the issue, the reason why we planned the public screening,” Mr. Prabhakaran said.

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