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GRITtv: March 11, 2011

“We live in one world, not three. I’m very much against that we have
three worlds. We have one world dominated by the same system,” says
Nawal El Saadawi, the pioneering Egyptian feminist thinker. In part
two of her conversation with Laura, Dr. Saadawi elaborates on what
real democracy would look like, in Egypt and around the world, on the
connections between capitalism, patriarchy, and religious
fundamentalism–and not just Islamic religious fundamentalism. A
little over a year ago, Rose Mapendo visited us in our New York studio
to tell us her story. Rose escaped from the Democratic Republic of
Congo with nine of her ten children, and she became a humanitarian
activist. Pushing the Elephant picks up ten years later, as Mapendo
reunites with her daughter and is struggling to heal her family and
homeland as an advocate for refugees. The documentary exposes the
hidden effects of war on families, and the collective power of women.
Dr. Peter Gomes died recently; the Harvard theologian advocated for
the rights of gays and lesbians after coming out about his own
sexuality in 1991. Just after that, he gave the sermon at Rev. Jacqui
Lewis’s commencement. She shares her memories with us. Distributed by Tubemogul.