The Revolutionary Optimists
The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan Ganguly -- a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur -- as he trains youth living and working in unimaginable conditions in Calcutta to become activists and educators. Taking what's worked in brickfields outside the city into Calcutta's slums, Amlan and the youths he leads use street theater, puppetry and dance to cut their neighborhoods' malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turn former garbage dumps into fields for play.
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.
Moderator: Desiree Gutierrez, ITVS/Community Cinema
Guest: Dr. Piya Chatterjee, Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women's Studies, Scripps College