The filmmakers display a genuine reverence for their subjects, evident even in the intimate but never intrusive photography.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Most people could learn a lot from these little activists.
| Original Score: 3/4
Equally suspenseful, moving and inspirational.
| Original Score: 9.1/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Indian slum kids stand up for themselves in poignant docu.
Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.
A vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities.
Among that rare group of documentaries about child poverty that does not advocate for anything except hope.
It's a tribute to the power of optimism - and to an inspiring man who's changing the world, one child at a time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10