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Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

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Season 14, Episode 17 The Revolutionary Optimists

First Aired: June 17, 2013

The Season 14 finale features "The Revolutionary Optimists," about social activist Amlan Ganguly's work to empower poor children in India. Under his tutelage, young Sikha and Salim campaign to bring a community tap of potable water to their Kolkata slum, which is two miles away from the nearest source of drinkable water. Other children he seeks to help are 12-year-old Kajal, who works at a brickyard; and teenage dancer Priyanka, who sees only one way to escape her abusive parents: marriage.

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