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Season 12, Episode 16 Pushing the Elephant

First Aired: March 29, 2011

Congolese refugee Rose Mapendo, who settled in Phoenix in 2000 with nine of her 10 children and has since become an advocate for refugees, reunites with the child she left behind, Nangabire, after 13 years apart. It's a difficult transition for Nangabire, who speaks little English, as she joins her family and begins school. The remarkable doc also delves into Rose's work on behalf of refugees and her painful past in the Congo, where her husband was executed and she gave birth in a prison camp.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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