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Community Cinema Vashon Presents

The Revolutionary Optimist

Community Cinema Vashon’s free monthly screenings and moderated discussions of documentaries from the Emmy Award-winning PBS film series Independent Lens are presented thanks to the generous support of ITVS (Independent Television Service), Voice of Vashon, Island GreenTech, and the Vashon Theatre.
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, 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 children 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.
Community Cinema Vashon’s free screening of The Revolutionary Optimists, Tuesday, 5/28 from 6pm-8pm at the Vashon Theatre, free of charge.
Mark your calendars for June 25th and join in the free Community Cinema Vashon screening of "LOVE FREE OR DIE", 6pm at the Vashon Theatre.
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