THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS
a film by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen
Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums-- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change.
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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THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS...premieres on the PBS series "Independent Lens" in June. "Independent Lens" broadcasts on WHUT Saturdays at 8 PM. Check local listings.
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