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Top Picks: Ken Burns's 'The Civil War,' a Horton Foote festival, a tax tracker, and more

Ken Burns's miniseries documentary 'The Civil War,' a Dallas festival dedicated to famed playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, a mobile phone application to track your tax return, and more recommendations.

Rose and Nangabire reunite on "Pushing the Elephant," on PBS Independent Lens.


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A human rights hero

"Pushing the Elephant" is the story of 2009 United Nations Humanitarian of the Year, Rose Mapendo, who escaped from the ethnic violence of the Democratic Republic of Congo and went on to help mend her divided country. Rose was separated from her 5-year-old daughter, Nagabire, but managed to escape with nine of her 10 children to resettle in Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited and must come to terms with the past and build a new future. Airs on PBS Independent Lens March 29.

Foote festival

Horton Foote, writer of Oscar-winning screenplays "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Young Man From Atlanta," is being honored in the exhibit, "The Life and Work of Horton Foote," March 1 to May 1 ate Southern Methodist University's DeGolyer Library. It's part of a Dallas-wide Foote festival with arts organizations presenting his plays, screening film adaptations of his work, and presenting insights into his life through readings and other related events. See

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