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The Revolutionary Optimists (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Synopsis: THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS draws us into the world of two 11-year olds with no access to clean drinking water, a girl forced to labor inside a brick kiln, and a teenage dancer on the precipice of choosing child marriage to escape from her abusive family. From these fragile lives, lawyer turned change-agent Amlan Ganguly mines the strength and vision to build a most unlikely revolution. The film follows Ganguly and 4 children from Kolkata's poorest slums on an intimate journey through

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (0)

A vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Most people could learn a lot from these little activists.

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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As heartening as it is to see a slum child tutored about vicious cycles of adversity and using the buzzword "partnership" with aplomb, the film comes to feel cut and dried.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's a tribute to the power of optimism - and to an inspiring man who's changing the world, one child at a time.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's truly something to see these children come into their own, and to bear witness to the undeniable sea change Ganguly has set in motion.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Indian slum kids stand up for themselves in poignant docu.

April 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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This is the balance the film manages, celebrating the efforts at Prayasam and the successes, while never losing sight of the crises that define daily life for the kids growing up in the Kolkata slums.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Equally suspenseful, moving and inspirational.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Among that rare group of documentaries about child poverty that does not advocate for anything except hope.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The filmmakers display a genuine reverence for their subjects, evident even in the intimate but never intrusive photography.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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