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Trailer: Kinshasa-Set Doc ‘Elephant’s Dream’ (Portrait of 3 State-Owned Institutions & Their Workers)

Trailer: Kinshasa-Set Doc 'Elephant's Dream' (Portrait of 3 State-Owned Institutions & Their Workers)

Previously titled “White Elephants,” and now called “Elephant’s Dream,” here’s the trailer for an intriguing upcoming documentary we’ve been tracking for about 2 years, since it was in pre-production.

Directed by Belgian/British director Kristof Bilsen, the Congo (DRC)-set documentary feature is an expansion of Bilsen’s critically-acclaimed short film, also titled “White Elephants,” and centers on the public sector workers in a Railway station, Post Office and only fire station in Kinshasa, offering poetic, compassionate insight into a country in transition, and lives lived.

Further, courtesy of the filmmaker:

“This grandiose relic of the colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen time-warp 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 received lots of financial support from grant-giving institutions over the last couple of years, to assist in its completion. It’s next set to screen at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam – the festival runs from November 19-30.

Check out the film’s trailer below, which looks like a beautifully-composed and shot, meditative work of cinema.

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