In the slums of Kolkata, India, a community organization takes an unusual approach to improving the lives of the poor. It relies on local children to hold elders and political leaders accountable. The World’s Rhitu Chatterjee profiles the organization and its founder.
Children are saving lives in the slums of Kolkata. Amlan Ganguly doesn’t rescue slum children; he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. Filmed over the course of several years, The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they fight for the better future he encourages them to imagine is deservedly theirs.
The film “The Revolutionary Optimists” is about an organization in the slums of Kolkata that takes an unusual approach to improving the lives of the poor.