The Revolutionary Optimists Community Cinema Seattle Screening
The Revolutionary Optimists documents the critical work of Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned-community activist, who is not only changing a neighborhood in the Calcutta slums, but also changing the way its youngest residents envision their lives. Filmed over the course of three and a half years, the film follows Amlan and three of the children he works with through adolescence as they challenge the idea that marginalization is written into their destiny.
Using theater, dance, and data, the children have cut disease rates and turned garbage heaps into playing fields. Now, they have set their sights on goals that push at the limits of optimism: trying to bring clean water to a community that has long been denied it, and enabling the migrant children working in the brick fields on Calcutta’s outskirts to receive an education.
After the film, meet Seattle's South Asian Young Men's Group who are using the Map Your World App to create a living map for South Seattle neighborhoods in crisis.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a supporter and funder of the film and the filmmakers, Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham, both grew up in Seattle.
Click here to learn more about this film.
Moira McDonald of The Seattle Times proclaims, “Hope bubbles through the film… a tribute to the power of optimism.” Click here to read her full review.
This screening is presented by KCTS 9 and ITVS' Community Cinema. The film premieres on KCTS 9 on Monday, 6/17, at 10 pm.
Watch Coming to Independent Lens: The Revolutionary Optimists on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.