March 29, 2013 (NY)
Studio: Shadow Distribution
Director: Maren R. Monsen, Nicole Newnham
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Kajal Kahar, Salim Sheikh, Priyanka Mandal
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: RevolutionaryOptimists.org
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Plot Summary: The award-winning film about four children from one of India’s poorest slums who embark on a journey to build a better future while challenging the notion that marginalization is written into their destiny.
"The Revolutionary Optimists" draws 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 child 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. The film follows Ganguly and 4 children from Kolkata's poorest slums on an intimate journey through their adolescence. 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.