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WHITE ELEPHANT is a documentary about the Central Post-Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo.

Somebody passed by one day:
‘Mama, does the Post really work?
If I leave this letter with you, will it ever arrive?’
I told him: 'of course it will'.  He started laughing.
'I know for sure it will never reach its destination.'

'White Elephant' is a documentary about the Central Post-Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of the colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp
from which they are planning their escape. From past to present, through the cracks in the walls, and leaks in the ceilings, we glimpse present-day Congo.

Film Credits

Directors: Kristof Bilsen

Producers: Kristof Bilsen

Photography: Kristof Bilsen

Editing: Eduardo Serrano

Sound: Xan Marquez Caneda

Music: Jon Wygens

Production Company: National Film and Television School


FESTIVALS 2011: Student Documentary Competition -24th IDFA 2011 Official Selection -35th Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival (New York) International Short Documentary Competition -52th FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI (Florence/Italy) Official Selection - Raindance Film Festival (UK) Official Selection - Quadrangle Film Festival (UK) Winner Audience Award Short Film - 22th Festival du Film Brittannique de Dinard 2012: Official Selection - 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Official Selection - 29th Cinema Novo Festival (Bruges) Official Selection - 6th Addis International Film Fest (Ethiopia) Official Selection - London International Documentary Festival


Orginal Title: nzoku ya pembe

UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: No

Length: 34 min

Colour: Yes


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White Elephant Screening:

  • Mon28May

    at Roundhouse

    28 May 2012 5:30 pm

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