Revolutionary Optimists

Revolutionary Optimists

Published On May 30, 2013 | By John Hanshaw | FILM SCREENINGS

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Please join WFI, Meridian International Center and ITVS
for a screening of:
THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS

LOCATION:
Meridian International Center
1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC
Limited on-site parking available.

DATE / TIME:
Thursday
May 30, 2013
6:30pm

ADMISSION:
FREE but RESERVATION required:

Register for ONE WATER and RECEPTION Tickets in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Q&A follows screening:
with featured speaker
Ann Warner
Senior Gender and Youth Specialist,
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

SYNOPSIS
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 children 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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About The Author

founded WFI in the Fall of 2007. He has worked in film and television for over ten years at such institutions as NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), PBS and most recently National Geographic. He has degrees from Amherst College, Cambridge University, and GW Law.

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