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“The Revolutionary Optimists” Screening & Discussion

May 13, 2013 5:30 PM
May 13, 2013 8:00 PM
Global Solutions Pittsburgh / WQED Pittsburgh / Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Union Project
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801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15206

The Revolutionary Optimists

Please join us for a FREE Community Cinema screening of The Revolutionary Optimists.
Light Refreshments at 5:30. Film showing from 6:00-7:00 pm with discussion and speaker to follow.

Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. Revolutionary Optimists follows him as he attempts to replicate his work in the brick fields outside the city, 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 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.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Kristin Frye, Bright Kids Uganda Foundation USA Program Coordinator & 2013 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA & GSPH.

This event is free, but we’re asking that you RSVP here: http://communitycinemamay.eventbrite.com/

Check out the trailer for The Revolutionary Optimists:

This screening is brought to you in partnership with WQED Pittsburgh and Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania.


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