'Pushing the Elephant' tells the story of Rose Mapendo, who was separated during the conflict from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose survived the atrocities of those years and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona, with her other children. Now, after 12 years apart, Rose and her daughter Nangabire are reunited in the US. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the excruciating decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties Nangabire faces as a refugee in the US—torn between her painful past and a hopeful future.
The film's post production work was completed at Prime Focus' NY facility. The Final Cut Pro HD conform was completed by Eugene Lehnert, the HD Telecine color correct was supplied by Alex Berman and the sound edit and mix was provided by Kevin Wilson.
The film has recently been accepted to the International Documentary Association's DocuWeeks theatrical showcase. These screenings will qualify 'Pushing the Elephant' for consideration for next years' Academy Awards. The film will screen at New York's IFC Center August 6th-12th, and LA's ArcLight Hollywood August 13th-19th.
To learn more about the film and how to become involved in the film's audience engagement campaign go to: www.pushtheelephant.com.
Project: Pushing The Elephant
Film Company: Arts Engine
Directors: Beth Davenport, Elizabeth Mandel
Producers: Katy Chevigny, Angela Tucker
Co-Producer: Enrico Cullen
Executive Producer: Chicken & Egg Pictures
Editor: Mona Davis
Post production: Prime Focus
Colourist: Alex Berman
Online Editor: Eugene Lehnert
Audio: Kevin Wilson