Pushing the Elephant

Expand/Collapse Pushing the Elephant


This collection can be used to support viewing of the documentary, Pushing the Elephant, by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel, while engaging students in discussions about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the experience of refugees from that country. The lessons and discussions also provide important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. This collection explores the power of sharing one’s personal story to advocate for wider social change and provides a context for understanding how gender-based violence affects women in many parts of the world.

The collection can foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families and the broader community.

  • Pushing the Elephant | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Pushing the Elephant, a film that captures one woman's mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We provide suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online. We also provide valuable resources, and connections to organizations on the ground that are fighting to make a difference.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Pushing the Elephant | Educator Guide

    The curriculum engages students in discussions about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the experience of refugees from that country. The lessons also explore the power of sharing one's personal story to advocate for wider social change. These lessons and discussions also provide a context for understanding how gender-based violence affects women in many parts of the world. The activities can foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families and the broader community.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Rose Mapendo Tells Her Story | Pushing the Elephant Film Module

    In this film module, Rose Mapendo speaks about her family’s severe hardships during war in their homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Students will explore how storytelling can be a powerful way to illustrate how problems affect people and to inspire collective action that can bring about positive change.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Nangabire's First Day of School | Pushing the Elephant Film Module

    This module allows us to experience Nangabire's first day of school after being separated from her family for 13 years. Students will compare Nangabire’s experiences on the first day of school with those of their own.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Reunion | Pushing the Elephant Film Module

    The film module introduces us to Rose and her family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her daughter, Nangabire, reunites with her family after being separated for 13 years. Students will analyze how they might feel if they were separated from their family during a time of war and then reunited with them 13 years later, and identify similarities and differences between themselves and a family shown in a film module.

    Grades: 9-13+

Brand:
Contributor: