WHYY and ITVS Community Cinema, in partnership with Service Learning at Richard Stockton College
and Vision 2020, present:
FREE Screening of the PBS documentary:
The Revolutionary Optimists
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Campus Center Theatre
The Richard Stockton College of NJ
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205
This event is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows him as he attempts to replicate his work in the brick fields outside the city of Calcutta, where children live and work in unimaginable conditions.
Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta's slums have cut their neighborhood's malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimisim, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where people spend their days making and carrying bricks using methods unchanged by centuries.
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.
View a trailer of the film here.
Many thanks to our event partners: