The Revolutionary Optimists


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 their adolescence. Together they fight seemingly insurmountable odds to build a better future for themselves and their community, challenging the notion that marginalization is written into their destiny. (c) Shadow Distribution

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A vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities.

Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Most people could learn a lot from these little activists.

Apr 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a tribute to the power of optimism - and to an inspiring man who's changing the world, one child at a time.

Mar 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Mar 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.

Mar 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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