ATTEND: Congo Documentary "Pushing The Elephant" Screenings in NYC and LA
V-Day is pleased to announce that Pushing the Elephant, an important feature-length documentary film dealing with gender-based violence, women's and refugee rights, and peace and reconciliation, will be screening in New York August 6th-12th and Los Angeles August 13th-19th as part of the Independent Documentary Association's DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase.
In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged 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. Now, Rose is confronted with teaching one her most recalcitrant students how to forgive--Nangabire, the daughter who remained behind.
The LA Times calls the film "heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting," and Variety says "[t]he strength of Pushing the Elephant lies in the way it brings this larger-than-life inspirational figure into the everyday domestic realm, where activism becomes a function less of heroic destiny than of conscious choice, open to anyone."