Pushing The Elephant

The award-winning documentary Pushing The Elephant narrates the extraordinary journey of Rose Mapendo and her family from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It’s a story of courage, endurance, forgiveness and activism.

Rose Mapendo

Interview extract: Q&A: Rose Mapendo draws on her traumatic life to help others

As a result of the anti-Tutsi violence, you and your family were arrested in 1998.
What happened?

The government sent policemen to my house. They where looking for my husband. After they left, I told my husband to go into hiding. I knew the situation was dangerous for men, but I didn’t realize it would also be dangerous for women and children.


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I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and actively learning how to perform stand-up comedy.
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