“One person alone cannot push an elephant, but many together can,” Rose Mapendo tells Congolese women.
She is the lead character in the documentary Pushing the Elephant, which premiered in New York as part of the Human Rights Watch Inter national Film Festival in June.
Mapendo’s husband was killed in the Congo violence in the late 1990s. She lived in death camps with nine children, including a pair of twins born in the camp. When filmmakers Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel heard Mapendo’s story, she had moved to the US and become an outspoken activist for peace in the Congo.
Davenport and Mandel, who have earlier worked on eight social issue documentaries, captured intimate scenes of family life, high school, and Mapendo’s activism over two and a half years of filming.
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