“Elephant’s Dream” masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film." - Joshua Oppenheimer, Director
“One of the most tender and intense films I’ve seen in ages, a true film d’auteur.” - Hubert Sauper, Director
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 a railway station, and a group of firemen in the only fire station still operating in Kinchasa provide insight into their daily lives and survival in Africa’s third largest city.
Although these three government-owned institutions are running on their last legs and despite no regular wages, the film allows for a surprisingly empathetic look at a State in decline. Yet, it also makes us witness the moments of change and revolution, and works as a mirror to what is happening in the western world.
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The discussion will be hosted bySuzy Gillett. Suzy has programmed a number of film festivals including the French Institute’s annual flagship Mosaiques World Cinema Festival 2004-2008, Women’s Cinema from Tangiers to Tehran 2008, Marrakech Biennale 2012 and Film Africa 2013 and many documentary and African Cinema events. She teaches film programming at the Barbican Centre and at the Scuola Holden, Turin.