Pushing the Elephant

Pushing the Elephant

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screening of the Independent Lens film Pushing the Elephant.

Join us Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as WXXI's Community Cinema presents a screening of Pushing the Elephant . The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios and followed by a panel discussion.

Pushing the Elephant is about Rose Mapendo who is separated from her 5-year old daughter during a civil war. Rose escaped with nine out of 10 of her children to Phoenix, Arizona. Finally, more then a decade later Rose is reunited with her daughter, Nangabire who is now 17.

After Rose is done helping numerous of victims to recover and rebuild their lives, there is one person Rose must still teach to forgive the past, her daughter Nangabire. Pushing the Elephant captures one of the most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged by the strength and grace of one woman’s mission for peace.

Panelists include:

Nancy Johns Price has her Masters from SUNY Brockport in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children and a Bachelor in Theater with an emphasis in directing Children’s Theater from the University of Northern Colorado.  Before coming to Rochester, Nancy made her living as an actress and director.  Upon arrival in Rochester, she developed a theater and dance program for City youth, as a Recreation Supervisor in the City of Rochester’s Recreation Division.  After seven years in this role, she was appointed director of the Adams Street Recreation Center. 

She moved on to become coordinator of the Youth Participation Project (YPP) for the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau and United Way of Greater Rochester. Nancy was instrumental in developing YPP, a leadership development program for youth ages 13-21 which promotes youth planning and participation in all levels of community activities. Also through the auspices of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the youth trained and coordinated a youth driven grant program, Youth As Resources.

She has worked the last eleven years as the Program Development Specialist with the City of Rochester, Recreation Bureau.  Working with youth and adults to create partnerships empowering youth to realize they can make a difference through civic engagement, service learning and advocacy roles. Most recently, Nancy has changed to the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development as the Neighborhood Service Center Administrator in the Southeast. 

Steve Jarose is the Director of the Rochester Chapter of The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), a position he has held for the past 10 years.  NCBI is a non-profit, Leadership development organization which  empowers young people and adults to create more inclusive, welcoming environments in their schools, workplaces and faith communities. This comes about through a process of engagement: listening deeply to the heartfelt concerns of others; becoming aware of one’s own perceptions, and seeing differences as strengths that when tapped, lead to outcomes which benefit everyone.

Steve has volunteered with AIDS Rochester; has served on numerous social justice initiatives; and is a passionate advocate for hospice care.

For the past four years, Steve has helped coordinate local efforts with WXXI regarding the Love and Forgiveness project, developed by the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now implemented in various locations throughout the country.

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