Titled The Revolutionary Optimist, the film was directed and produced by Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD, and Nicole Newnham. Grainger-Monsen and Newnham received a grant (.pdf) from the Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation to produce the film.
The piece tells the story of a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur working to empower children living in Calcutta’s poorest neighborhood to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. The story of the children’s successful drive to increase polio immunization rates in their community is the focus of the TEDxChange version of the documentary.
Photo by Maren Grainger-Monsen