RMPBS Community Cinema: The Revolutionary Optimists
USA, 2013, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: India
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Social Issues
Language: English, Bengali English Sub-Titles
Screens Sunday, May 19th at 2pm at Sie FilmCenter
Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Every month in 100+ cities, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.
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Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows him as he attempts to replicate his work in the brick fields outside the city, where children live and work in unimaginable conditions.
Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta's slums have cut their neighborhoods' malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimism, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where spend their days making and carrying bricks using methods unchanged by centuries.
The Revolutionary Optimists proposes a workable solution to intractable problems associated with poverty, including preventable diseases and ineffectual governance. Ganguly's story suggests that education and child empowerment are crucial keys to lifting entire societies out of hopelessness.
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DIRECTOR: Maren Grainger-Monsen, Nicole Newnham
Principal Cast: Amlan Ganguly, Salim Sheikh, Priyanka Mandal
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