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  • Summary: 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 three years, The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and three of the children he works with on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they challenge the idea that marginalization is written into their destiny. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 12, 2013
    80
    Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes.
  2. Reviewed by: Jenna Scherer
    Mar 26, 2013
    80
    It’s truly something to see these children come into their own, and to bear witness to the undeniable sea change Ganguly has set in motion.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 18, 2013
    70
    Unfortunately, the film often feels somewhat random and disorganized, with Newnham and Grainger-Monsen never zeroing in on a cohesive narrative structure. Still, the movie's engaging subjects (including several parents) and valuable themes largely carry the day.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Mar 25, 2013
    63
    The filmmakers display a genuine reverence for their subjects, evident even in the intimate but never intrusive photography.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    As heartening as it is to see a slum child tutored about vicious cycles of adversity and using the buzzword “partnership” with aplomb, the film comes to feel cut and dried.