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.
CAMERA/DIRECTION/PRODUCTION: Kristof Bilsen - EDITOR: Eduardo Serrano
COMPOSER: Jon Wygens -MUSICIANS: Dizzy Mandjeku & Junior Mthombeni
SOUND-RECORDIST: Xan Marquez Caneda - SOUND-DESIGN: George Lingford
ONLINE EDITOR AND COLOUR GRADER: Dillan Nicholls
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Katarzyna Malipan - DURATION: 34 min. – HD 16:9
© National Film+Television School - release: 2011