Melinda French Gates is addressing a distinguished global audience today as part of a TEDxChange event she has convened in New York City during the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals Summit (September 20-22, 2010). 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations' Millennium Development Goals to improve social and economic conditions and end poverty by 2015. The TEDxChange event, hosted by Chris Anderson, gathers some of the worlds leading thinkers to examine advancements made in the last ten years and what needs to happen to ensure success for the future. The first of six short films commissioned by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Gates Foundation, The Revolutionary Optimists, will premiere immediately following Melinda Gates' closing speech.
Directed and produced by Maren Grainger-Monsen M.D. and Sundance Film Festival alum Nicole Newnham and based on the feautre documentary The Revolutionary Optimists, the short film highlights young people working in the slums of Calcutta to promote vaccination drives for preventable diseases. The short is part of a feature film and advocacy campaign some of the positive steps taken to advance public health around the world.