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First Trailer For Kinshasa-Set 'White Elephants: A Congo Trilogy' (TBA Spring 2013)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 13, 2012 2:31 PM
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Intriguing new documentary I profiled bacn in February when it was said to be in pre-production, from Belgian/Brit Kristof Bilsen - a Congo (DRC)-set documentary feature titled White Elephants, A Congo Trilogy (not to be confused with the 2011 Djimon Hounsou thriller Elephant White), which looks to now currently be in production, with a projected spring 2013 release date possible.

The documentary, which is based on a critically-acclaimed short film titled just White Elephants, centers on the Central Post-Office in Kinshasa, and its employees.

Here's the synopsis:

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.

The feature version of the short doc was pitched at the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket in mid-2011, and, according to its website, with support from grants from Cinereach and CBA, they received enough money to begin shooting "in Jan/Feb 2012."

So by all accounts, things continue moving along...

The last time I posted the trailer for the short film; here's the trailer for the upcoming feature, which surfaced just this afternoon:

Trailer feature doc 'White Elephants' from Kristof Bilsen on Vimeo.

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