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FREE Film Screening: Revolutionary Optimists

Event Dates: May 19, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Amlan and the children, ITVS

Free Film Screening of Revolutionary Optimists followed by a panel discussion

Sunday, May 19th at 6 pm

Moxie Cinema, 431 S Jefferson Ave #108 Springfield, MO 65806

About 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 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 panelists:

Following the film, we'll have a brief discussion about the importance of empowering children locally.  Our panelists include:

Trish Hopkins with Girls on the Run, a youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls.

Connie Crawford with Boys & Girls Club, an organization which promotes the health, social educational, vocational, and character development of youth.

Anne Soots with Girls Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, an organizations which  mentors and supports girls as they develop crucial life skills and prepare to take the lead – today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives.