Saturday, May 26, 2012

PAST: FILM: Community Cinema Screening of "The Revolutionary Optimists" About Children in the Slums of Calcutta called into Action! Screening will be at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St this SUN, May 26th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Community Cinema Screening of "The Revolutionary Optimists"
Sunday, May 26th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Free screening of the "The Revolutionary" a film by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen. "Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums-- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change."

About the film: "Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results.Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta's slums have cut their neighborhoods' malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimism, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where 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."

About the series: "A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. You can watch documentaries from the Independent Lens series on WHUT-TV, our community partner station, and WETA."

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route, right to 14th & U

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