Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists (2012)

WHO: Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen co-directed this.

WHAT: Documentary about children living in the extreme poverty of Kolkata (a.k.a. Calcutta), India, who become activists on behalf of their communities. I haven't seen it, but here's Jonathan Kiefer's review.

WHERE/WHEN: Screens at 4:10 today at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on the Stanford University campus, and 4:30 tomorrow at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, both presented by the United Nations Association Film Festival.

WHY: Festivals occurring during the rest of October:
UNAFF through October 27th at various peninsula venues, plus one day (tomorrow) in San Francisco.
The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Fest runs through tomorrow in Palo Alto, Saturday through Wednesday over the next two weeks, with screenings in Campbell on November 10 & 13 and closing-night with Elliot Gould in person in Palo Alto November 17th.
Arab Film Festival resumes in Oakland October 24th, in Berkeley October 24-27, with final Frisco Bay screenings in Palo Alto November 2 & Oakland November 7.
International Black Women's Film Festival occurs in San Francisco October 25 & 27, and Oakland October 26.

HOW: Digital presentation of a digitally-shot doc.

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