The Revolutionary Optimists (2013)
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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
Mar 29, 2013 Limited
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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.
It's a tribute to the power of optimism - and to an inspiring man who's changing the world, one child at a time.
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.
Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.
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.
Among that rare group of documentaries about child poverty that does not advocate for anything except hope.
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