When civil war came to Rose Mapendo’s Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S. where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future.
Rose’s journey from victim in war-torn Africa to refugee in America is told in the PBS documentary Pushing the Elephant, scheduled for a screening Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Plymouth State University’s Boyd Hall Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a discussion about the film and the issues raised by their journey. This documentary, part of PBS’ “Independent Lens” series, is shown at PSU as part of their “Community Cinema” series.
Hosted by Plymouth State University and New Hampshire Public Television, the “Community Cinema” series uses materials from the PBS series “Independent Lens” to form discussions around significant social issues of the day. The PBS series discusses a variety of topics such as the tension between environmentalists and those who make a living from the land, immigration and genocide. The public is invited to these screenings at PSU and are encouraged to engage in the conversation following each film. For more information about the series, call 535-2525.