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Wednesday, March 13 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Documentary - Breathless

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Organized by Doughty Street Chambers.

Short description of the session:
The session will be a showing of the film “Breathless” (75 mins), which is a film showing how the asbestos industry moved to take advantages of markets and laws in less developed countries and the struggle of people affected by the industry for redress. It centres on the struggle of victims in Belgium and India, where it takes the director to the largest asbestos waste dump in South Asia. The asbestos story is replicated in many other industries and reflects the difficulties in obtaining remedy in a globalised world.

Session objectives:
To illustrate through the issue of the export of asbestos how corporations have exported the most hazardous and exploitative industries to the less developed world, where people struggle to obtain a remedy, but how through such struggles change can come about. The film is linked to a crowdfunding campaign to fund litigation in India to clean up an asbestos waste dump in Central India (breathlessfund.org), which will hopefully have a wider impact in creating awareness of the hazards of asbestos in India.

Speakers
avatar for Krishnendu Mukherjee

Krishnendu Mukherjee

Barrister and Advocate, Doughty Street Chambers
Krishnendu Mukherjee is a barrister and Indian advocate at Doughty Street Chambers in London. He has extensive experience in trying to remedy human rights violations against corporations, including advice, litigation, negotiation, and OECD complaints. He is part of the Business and... Read More →
avatar for Pooja Gupta

Pooja Gupta

National Coordinator, India Ban Asbestos Network
Pooja is an Environmentalist and is currently coordinating for India Ban Asbestos Network ﴾iBAN﴿.iBAN is a coalition of labour organisations, public health groups, environmental groups, academicians, scientific experts, concerned citizens, victims and their families. The aim of... Read More →



Wednesday March 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Art Gallery Lobby level