Elephant’s Dream

Directed by Kristof Bilsen


Elephant’s Dream 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 former colony 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.


‘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’
– Tambay Obenson, IndieWire Shadow&Act

Examiner.com  – “A dreaminess washing over the viewer.” 
Scenecreek – “A striking meditation on finding resilience” 
INDIEWire Shadow & Act  – ”Incredibly beautiful.”
CinemaAxis – “Honest” 
The Globe and Mail “Eloquent, enigmatic” 
Canada International Council (10 Foreign Affairs Doc to look out for) 2015 HotDOCS
The Toronto Film Scene  Review 2015 HotDOCS