Media Advisory for Saturday, May 25

May 25, 2013

Child activists working with Amlan Ganguly, marching through the streets of Calcutta, using megaphones to spread health messages.
Credit Ranjan Palit

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU, Carbondale Library To Present Free Film Screening This Saturday, May 25

Featured Film: The Revolutionary Optimists

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a free Community Cinema screening and discussion of the film The Revolutionary Optimists on Saturday, May 25 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library are co-sponsoring the screening.

Martha Cropper, SIU retiree and Grant Manager at Community Life Concepts, will lead a discussion after the film and share her personal experiences working with the non-profit charitable organization Teach My Kenyan Children.

The Revolutionary Optimists tells the story of former attorney Amlan Ganguly who has transformed some of the poorest slums of Kolkata, India by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. Using street theater, dance, and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half, increased polio vaccination rates, and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. The film reveals how education and child empowerment can help to lift societies out of poverty.

WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library will host its final Community Cinema screening of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, June 29 at the library. The featured film will be Love Free or Die.

For more information, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148, or go online at

About Community Cinema

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. The project tells the stories of unique individuals, underrepresented communities, or pivotal moments in history. It is the largest public interest outreach program in television. Carbondale is among over 100 cities nationwide participating in the project. Community Cinema is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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