Intriguing new documentary I profiled bacn in February when it was said to be in pre-production, from Belgian/Brit Kristof Bilsen – a Congo (DRC)-set documentary feature titled White Elephants, A Congo Trilogy (not to be confused with the 2011 Djimon Hounsou thriller Elephant White), which looks to now currently be in production, with a projected spring 2013 release date possible.
The documentary, which is based on a critically-acclaimed short film titled just White Elephants, centers on the Central Post-Office in Kinshasa, and its employees.
Here’s the synopsis:
This grandiose relic of the colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. From past to present, through the cracks in the walls, and leaks in the ceilings, we glimpse present-day Congo.
The feature version of the short doc was pitched at the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket in mid-2011, and, according to its website, with support from grants from Cinereach and CBA, they received enough money to begin shooting “in Jan/Feb 2012.“
So by all accounts, things continue moving along…
The last time I posted the trailer for the short film; here’s the trailer for the upcoming feature, which surfaced just this afternoon: