Youth Showcase! + Free Screening of Revolutionary Optimists

San Francisco, CA

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A Revolutionary Screening + Youth Showcase

Community Cinema SF presents a FREE screening of The Revolutionary Optimists and hosts a youth showcase. Representatives from 4 inspirational organizations will take the stage for 10 min. presentations on how they are changing the world...and how you can be a part.

Hear our community's most powerful voices' envision the future and describe how these youth-centered and education-focused organizations are revolutionarizing optimism.

Don't just sit back, lean in! This is going to be exciting.

Performances, Talks, and Presentations by:
Youth Speaks,, Room to Read,
and Marina Middle School!
Listen to a live slam poetry performance from the nation's most celebrated spoken word organization for young people. From organizing the country's first Teen Poetry Slam, to hosting HBO's Brave New Voices, to inspiring a generation of writers, to an immense network of workshops and mentorship programs, San Francisco's own Youth Speaks believes the next generation can speak for itself.
Hear an interactive presentation and youth speaker describe not a charity, but a movement. BuildOn breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. 94& of buildOn students graduate high school and go to college. Students empowered through afterschool service programs improve attendance and are more engaged in learning.
Transport yourself to the world and mission of Room to Read's global work. A San Francisco-based organization, Room to Read, believes world change starts with educated children. From local, national, and international programs, Room to Read has empowered an entire generation's education. Hear how and learn how you can be a part of positive change today.
Listen to Marina Middle School students present on their exciting new anti-bullying project. They connected with Revolutionary Optimistsfilmmakers and their 'Map Your World Project' to challenge bullying and homophobia in their school. They'll present on their work and offer us their vision for tomorrow!


Tuesday, May 21
5:15pm | Doors
5:45pm | Film
6:45pm | Showcase
SF Public Library
100 Larkin Street 
San Francisco, CA 94102



Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. 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.  





"Inspiring...a vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities"

--The Los Angeles Times   


"Critic's pick!" "People could learn a lot from these little activists"

--The Washington Post 


"Three and a half stars" "Hope bubbles through the film...a tribute to the power of optimism"

--The Seattle Times, Moira Macdonald  



Presented by ITVS, SF Public Library, KQED, Story Corps, Room to Read, BuildOn, Youth Speaks, Marina Middle School, and the Map Your World Project.



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