CHAMPAIGN — WILL's next Community Cinema event, coming Tuesday, will feature "The Revolutionary Optimists," a documentary which explores the work of Amlan Ganguly to empower India's poorest children to become activists and educators.
Ganguly doesn't simply rescue children living in Calcutta's slums. He helps them transform their own neighborhoods and lives by cleaning up trash dumps, going to school and reducing malaria infection.
"The Revolutionary Optimists" follows Ganguly and three of the children he works with as they fight for a better future.
The free screening of the film, as well as a panel discussion of the issues it raises, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Rooms A & B.
On the panel:
— University of Illinois law professor Suja Thomas, whose interest in raising awareness of personal responsibility and charitable giving is reflected in her blog, The Give Blog.
— Ratisha Carter, youth engagement specialist for the Champaign County ACCESS Initiative's YOUTHMOVE program.
— Sally Carter, founder and executive director of Tap In Leadership Academy, an after-school and summer enrichment program in Champaign-Urbana.
YOUTHMOVE and Tap In are partnering with Illinois Public Media for the Community Cinema event.