Mardi 27 février 2018, 18:30 - 20:30

Elephant's Dream

Film 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 with English subtitles) will be followed by an open discussion with Kristof Bilsen, Director and Producer of Elephant’s DreamAlan Doss, Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) and Fred Bauma, Human Rights Activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the DRC. The debate will be moderated by Stéphanie Perazzone, Doctoral Researcher at the CCDP.

This event is organised in collaboration with Ciné@IHEID.