October 16, 2013

Please join us for the 3rd i Film Festival screening in San Francisco on November 6th at 7:15pm at the New People Cinema. The Revolutionary Optimists is the opening night film at the festival. Q&A to follow with Co-director Maren Grainger-Monsen & Nicole Newnham.

Tickets and screening information can be found here.

September 26, 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists has been invited to screen at UNAFF 2013. We are delighted to participate in this international documentary film festival that focuses on human rights. Please join us at the screenings on October 22nd and 23rd at Stanford University and in East Palo Alto. Screening details can be found here.

June 14, 2013

Please join us for the National PBS Broadcast of The Revolutionary Optimists on Independent Lens on June 17th at 10pm. **Broadcast times may vary, check the website for your local time.

From June 18th to July 8th, the film will also stream on PBS COVE. This will be a fantastic window to see the film if you miss the broadcast.

June 14, 2013

We are just weeks away from the official launch of Map Your World. We released a fabulous demo website which will show you some of the incredible work our mappers have been doing all around the world, including youth from Prayasam. Check out and start getting some ideas for what you can map when we go live in July! We're ready for you!


May 03, 2013

ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, presents Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series, offered in over 90 cities throughout the U.S. We are delighted to announce that The Revolutionary Optimists will begin screening in cities throughout the country during the month of May. Please join us for these screening events!


April 06, 2013

On March 27th, we were honored to attend a special screening of The Revolutionary Optimists at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. Amlan Ganguly, Shikha Patra, and Salim Shekh traveled from India and joined in a panel discussion with UNICEF leadership, staff, and the filmmakers. Salim and Shikha eloquently described the work they have been doing in their community, and how the use of technology and the new Map Your World platform is helping them increase polio vaccination rates and obtain clean water.

The moderator, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, was so inspired by these young change-makers, that he held a special interview on Huff Post Live the following day. Watch this interview to see a more in depth description of the impact these youth have made in their community.

April 05, 2013

The film had its US Premiere at Lincoln Center in New York on March 13th and screened to a sold out crowd as part of the series Arts of the Real. Following the premiere, The Revolutionary Optimists began a theatrical run at Cinema Village.

Already, we are receiving amazing press and feedback from audiences including these great reviews in The Village Voice, Time Out, Indiewire, and Slant Magazine. "Change may be elusive, Optimists confirms, but the will to make it blazes." --The Village Voice

February 11, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that the film will begin a theatrical run in New York on Friday March 29th at Cinema Village and at the Leammle in Los Angeles on April 19th! Additional cities will follow soon, stay tuned for an update!

April 05, 2012

Visit our new Sparkwise Dashboard to visualize the impact that Kolkata's young changemakers, along with the Revolutionary Optimists film,and our sister "Map Your World" transmedia project, are having on their and our future.

April 05, 2012

Please consider making a contribution to the Prayasam Scholarship Fund, which supports Prayasam in ensuring that the young people they mentor, who are doing so much to give back to their communities, have a chance to have a complete education, and a better future.