KUED and the Center for Documentary Expression and Arts (CDEA) will present a free public screening of "Pushing the Elephant" as part of Utah's Refugee Awareness on Thursday, June 14 at the City Library.
The 90-minute documentary film tells the story of Rose Mapendo, who was imprisoned with her family during violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was later able to resettle in Phoenix, Arizona with her children, except for one daughter who remained behind. Rose¹s harrowing experiences include the nighttime arrest of her entire family by government agents, the execution of her husband, the birth of their twin sons in prison and grim negotiations with prison guards to save the lives of her children.
Rose emerged from the horrific experience advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus, and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation's search for peace.
Currently, Rose is confronted with teaching one of her most recalcitrant students how to forgive -- Nangabire, the daughter who remained behind in the Congo and was recently reunited with her mother in Phoenix, Arizona.
"Pushing the Elephant" joins the updated CDEA exhibit "Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth," on display at The City Library during Utah's Refugee Awareness Month. Following the film, CDEA and KUED will host a panel discussion of the film and its relevance to the lives of Utah refugees. The panel is comprised of four Utah women, two who work with refugees and two who are refugees.
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