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Elephant’s Dream


Elephant’s Dream is a portrait about three state-owned institutions and their workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The interwoven stories of a female post office clerk in the dilapidated central post office, two colleagues at the railway station, and the group of firemen in the only fire station provide insight into their daily lives and survival in the third largest city of Africa, Kinshasa.

Although these three government-owned institutions are running on their last legs, the film allows for a surprisingly poetic and empathetic look at a state in decline. Yet, it also makes us witness the small but apparent moments of change and revolution, and at the same time functioning as a mirror to what is happening in the western world.

“Elephant’s Dream masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.”
Joshua Oppenheimer, Act of Killing/Look of Silence

This is a free unticketed event. Please arrive early to guarantee your seat.

Genre: Documentary
Certificate: TBC
Director: Kristof Bilsen
Duration: 72 minutes
Language: Lingala, French (English subtitles)
Released: 2015