This film is part of the monthly documentary series offered by Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO 89.3 FM (community jazz radio... your oasis in the city).
Be sure to reserve your tickets by clicking on this link and entering your information. Sie Film Center does not sell these tickets. RMPBS offers them for free, but you have to make a reservation. Then, RSVP here also so I know you're coming. The group wouldn't want to miss you!!!
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Now, here is a description of 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.
Denver Cinema Club is a social group for people who enjoy independent, foreign, and other interesting films. We see a film about once a week, usually on Thursday night, and usually at one of the "artsy" theaters in central Denver: the Mayan, Chez Artiste, Esquire, or Sie FilmCenter. After the film we go to a nearby restaurant to have a drink, chat about the movie, and socialize. It's a diverse, friendly group, and everyone is welcome.
In addition to our weekly movie, we also have outings for special events: matinees, free screenings, film festivals, trivia contests, Oscar parties, etc. Watch your Meetup calendar for these, too.
We encourage group participation: we often poll the group to decide which film to see, we encourage members to organize outings of their own (see the Suggested Meetups tab), and we have a discussion board for any film-related topics you care to bring up.
Some details and suggestions:
• Everyone buys his or her own ticket at the theater, and we get separate checks at the restaurant. Occasionally, if we think a film might sell out, we'll suggest that you buy your ticket ahead of time.
• We use the RSVPs to determine how many seats to reserve at the restaurant, so if you RSVP "yes" and your plans change, please remember to come back and change your RSVP to "no."
• Some of the films we see aren't for everyone, so it's a good idea to do a little research before RSVPing. What you learn could make the after-movie discussion more interesting, too!