Entertainment — 19 May 2013
Film: The Revolutionary Optimists @ Downtown Library (FREE EVENT)

Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. 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.

Following the film, Sierra SCENE (Student Coalition Empowering Nashville Environmentalists) students from public and private high schools will present research findings on a number of environmental factors affecting Nashville citizens, particularly North Nashvillians. Students are conducting surveys related to toxins and disease, carbon diversion and home energy savings, and economic development and transportation. Join us for refreshments and the season’s most inspiring film followed by a presentation from Nashville students on local environmental problems and solutions.

This event is free and open to the public, Saturday, May 18 – 2:30 p.m. catered reception, 3 p.m. film at Nashville Public Library 615 Church St. Nashville, TN 37219


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