White Elephants (working title) 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 poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions, 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.
development support from CINEREACH(NY) and CBA/Worldview and MEDIA production support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) a co-production with Limerick Films, Roast Beef productions, Associate Directors (BE), Man’s Films (Marion Hänsel) and RTBF (BE) pitched at IDFA FORUM Roundtable, MediMed (Sitges/Sp) – DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market and Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket. Currently in post-production.
“Beautifully-composed and shot, meditative and even poetic; certainly not the pulsating vision of post-war DRC(..). I’m curious about the feature certainly, and it’s now officially on my watch list.”