Elephant's DreamFilm screening and debate
Venue: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A.
Set in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Elephant's Dream is a breath-taking documentary that captures the daily lives of Congolese street-level civil servants in Kinshasa and Bas-Congo. Kristof Bilsen's documentary is a long overdue testimony to the courage of the men and women who, against all odds, continue to build society and resilience.
“A striking meditation on finding resilience." Scenecreeck
Neglected by conventional portrayals of this vast country nested at the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, these stories reveal the complexities, ambiguities and challenges of living in a postcolonial nation marked by widespread conflict, political crises and economic collapse. Taking Henriette, the post office counter clerk, Simon, the train station officer and Lieutenant, the chief fire fighter out of international oblivion, this documentary successfully achieves the feat of taking its viewers far beyond the habitual clichés and into the tough path of a self-reflexive voyage.
The screening of the film (71 minutes, in Lingala and French
This event is organised in collaboration with Ciné@IHEID.