{"id":332330837,"title":"The Revolutionary Optimists (educational)","handle":"the-revolutionary-optimists-educational","description":"\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eDirected By: Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eProduced By: Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Educational Release: 2014\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eRunning Time: 83 minutes\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eNTSC \/ English \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eSubjects: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/ecology\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/children-youth-family\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eChildren, Youth \u0026amp; Family\u003c\/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/collections\/human-rights\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eHuman Rights\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eTHE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS follows 4 children from Kolkata's poorest slums on an intimate journey through their adolescence, drawing 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 childhood 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. 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/145555441?color=ffffff\u0026amp;title=0\u0026amp;byline=0\u0026amp;portrait=0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"281\" width=\"500\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\/145555441\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eThe Revolutionary Optimists (Trailer)\u003c\/a\u003e from \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\/collectiveeyefilms\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCollective Eye Films\u003c\/a\u003e on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eVimeo\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAwards:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Sustainability Award - Sundance Hilton Lightstay 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eQuotes:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...children in the slums of Calcutta become community activists.\" - Mother Jones\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCritic's Pick! \"...people could learn a lot from these little activists.\" - The Washington Post\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...The film ends in earned triumph. Obviously idealism drives The Revolutionary Optimists, a warmly observational documentary by the Bay Area-based team of Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen, but that's not to say it lacks pragmatism. \"If you want to start any kind of change, start it with the children,\" says Alman Ganguly, a former lawyer, community leader, and life-altering mentor to many of the children of India's slums. These are kids who lack access to clean drinking water, or work grueling days in brickfields...\" - SF Weekly\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Compelling\" - Yahoo! 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From these fragile lives, lawyer turned change-agent Amlan Ganguly mines the strength and vision to build a most unlikely revolution. 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/145555441?color=ffffff\u0026amp;title=0\u0026amp;byline=0\u0026amp;portrait=0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"281\" width=\"500\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\/145555441\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eThe Revolutionary Optimists (Trailer)\u003c\/a\u003e from \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\/collectiveeyefilms\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCollective Eye Films\u003c\/a\u003e on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/vimeo.com\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eVimeo\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eAwards:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e Sustainability Award - Sundance Hilton Lightstay 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eQuotes:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...children in the slums of Calcutta become community activists.\" - Mother Jones\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eCritic's Pick! \"...people could learn a lot from these little activists.\" - The Washington Post\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...The film ends in earned triumph. Obviously idealism drives The Revolutionary Optimists, a warmly observational documentary by the Bay Area-based team of Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen, but that's not to say it lacks pragmatism. \"If you want to start any kind of change, start it with the children,\" says Alman Ganguly, a former lawyer, community leader, and life-altering mentor to many of the children of India's slums. These are kids who lack access to clean drinking water, or work grueling days in brickfields...\" - SF Weekly\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Compelling\" - Yahoo! News, Stephen Saito\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Tastefully observational\" \"High drama\" - Slant Magazine, Drew Hunt\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Inspiring\" - The Hollywood Reporter, John DeFore\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...Refreshing...Thoughtful...\" - Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Blazes with a will to change India's slums\" - Michelle Orange, The Village Voice\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e"}

The Revolutionary Optimists (educational)

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  • Directed By: Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen
  • Produced By: Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen
Educational Release: 2014

Running Time: 83 minutes
NTSC / English
Subjects: Children, Youth & Family, Human Rights

THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS follows 4 children from Kolkata's poorest slums on an intimate journey through their adolescence, drawing 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 childhood 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. 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.

The Revolutionary Optimists (Trailer) from Collective Eye Films on Vimeo.

Awards:

  •  Sustainability Award - Sundance Hilton Lightstay 2013

Quotes:

"...children in the slums of Calcutta become community activists." - Mother Jones

Critic's Pick! "...people could learn a lot from these little activists." - The Washington Post

"...The film ends in earned triumph. Obviously idealism drives The Revolutionary Optimists, a warmly observational documentary by the Bay Area-based team of Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen, but that's not to say it lacks pragmatism. "If you want to start any kind of change, start it with the children," says Alman Ganguly, a former lawyer, community leader, and life-altering mentor to many of the children of India's slums. These are kids who lack access to clean drinking water, or work grueling days in brickfields..." - SF Weekly

"Compelling" - Yahoo! News, Stephen Saito

"Tastefully observational" "High drama" - Slant Magazine, Drew Hunt

"Inspiring" - The Hollywood Reporter, John DeFore

"...Refreshing...Thoughtful..." - Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman

"Blazes with a will to change India's slums" - Michelle Orange, The Village Voice

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