The new documentary Pushing the Elephant is part of the PBS series “Independent Lens.” The film tells the story of Congolese refugee Rose Mapendo and her daughter Nangabire. They were separated during the ethnic violence that plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1990s.
In Naples, Italy, the mafia syndicate known as the Camorra controls neighborhoods, the garbage industry, even the local music scene. They fund musicians dubbed "neomelodics," mostly male artists who sing in the local Neapolitan dialect.
One of the documentaries considered for an Oscar on Sunday, Feb. 27 was Waste Land. The film documents a project to turn trash from a landfill on the outskirts of the Rio de Janeiro into art – and perhaps create social change as well.
Eight Forty-Eight often talks about the big problems facing Chicago – the lack of jobs, the safety and quality of our public schools or the level of crime on our streets. Right or wrong, most of these issues are associated, in varying ways, with the city’s black youth.