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The Revolutionary Optimist
Start Date: 2/12/2014Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/12/2014End Time: 9:30 PM

Event Description
An award winning Sundance documentary and Faculty panel discussion with movie Director, Maren Grainger-Monsen M.D.
Children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. Amlan Ganguly doesn't rescue children; he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and the children he works with – Shika, Salim, Kajal and Priyanka - on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they bravely fight the forces that oppress them.
Using street theater, dance, and data as their weapons, the children have mounted vaccination drives to close the final mile with polio vaccination, turned garbage dumps into playing fields, and conducted education campaigns that have resulted in a significant drop in malaria and diarrhea in their neighborhood. Through intimate footage with the children, we witness not only the changes they are able to make in their neighborhood, but also the changes in the kids themselves.
Maren Grainger-Monsen is a physician, filmmaker-in-residence and director of the Program in Bioethics in Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, currently Co-Producing The Revolutionary Optimists with Nicole Newnham.
Maren studied film at the London International Film School, received her medical doctorate from the University of Washington and her emergency medicine residency at Stanford. She lives near Stanford with her husband, medical device entrepreneur and mandolin player Jeff Grainger, her two children Solenn and Tilson, and five chickens.
”Four Stars” “It’s truly something to see…” Time Out New York: Critic’s Pick
“inspiring…a vital snapshot of developing world struggles and possibilities” L.A. Times Critics Pick!
“…people could learn a lot from these little activists.” Washington Post
“…Refreshing…Thoughtful…” Indiewire
Location Information:
*WU Campus

*WU Campus - Ford Hall
Room: 122 -- Film Studies Aud.
Contact Information:
Name: Connie Ralph
Phone: (503)370-6413

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