Elephant’s Dream

A feature documentary (2014) by Kristof Bilsen
a co-production with Man’s Films (B), Roast Beef Productions (UK) & Limerick Films
in co-production with RTBF

A poetic view on Congo in transition, seen through the eyes of public sector workers in a railway station, post office and fire station in Kinshasa. view trailer

Elephant’s Dream (working title: White Elephants) tells the story of a group of public sector workers who live in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, DR Congo, where the weight of history has not stopped them from pursuing hopes and dreams.

This film takes us beyond the usual reports of the Congo, to provide a poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institution; a rail-station, the central post-office and the only existing fire station in Kinshasa, a city of 10 million inhabitants. At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film will reveal a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.

Release status & awards

World première at DOKLEIPZIG 2014 – Young Cinema Competition
Selected for IDFA Panorama 2014 – HotDocs 2015 and many more (see filmwebsite)

TRT Documentary Award (Istanbul) – WINNER International Doc
Docs Against Gravity – WINNER Magic Hour Award
DocPoint Helsinki -WINNER YLE Competition

Shooting format: HD
Duration: 75’/52’

Screenings & sales

Film website

International sales by Cat & Docs


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