A beautifully composed portrait of three state institutions and their workers in Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Elephant’s Dream” masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.” – Joshua Oppenheimer.
“One of the most tender and intense films I’ve seen in ages, a true film d’auteur.” – Hubert Sauper
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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