“Elephant’s Dream masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.”

(Joshua Oppenheimer)

Elephant’s Dream takes us beyond the usual reports of the Congo, to provide poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions and its public sector workers in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, a railway station, the central post office and the only existing fire station.

At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film will reveal a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.

Now available on Itunes in the US/UK/Canada, via DAFilms as well as US Educational & Home-use DVD + institutional streaming available through DER.

Out on region-free DVD (NL/FR/ENG subtitles & packaging): Buy here

You can now watch it on Vimeo On Demand (english subtitles)

Vous pouvez le voir sur Vimeo On Demand (soutitres en français)

Te  bekijken via Vimeo on Demand  (Nederlandse ondertitels)

In the pantheon of documentaries about the Congo, “Elephant’s Dream” is an incredibly necessary addition.”

Three ordinary stories combined in a extraordinary documentary.”

(Hollywood Reporter)

One of the most tender and intense films I’ve seen in ages – the agony and the scars of colonialism are most artfully captured in a true film d’ auteur.”  (Hubert Sauper)


Directed by Kristof Bilsen

Duration: 72′/52′ - DCP

Supported by CINEREACH(NY) and CBA/Worldview , EU MEDIA,Pascal Decroos Fund (Belgium) and Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

A co-production with  Man’s Films (Marion Hänsel), Roast Beef productions and RTBF (BE) and Associate Directors.

THREE WOMEN (Drie Vrouwen) 
(2005) - reissue 2020
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"When I see myself in the mirror, I don't think I look like my judicial."


This is a portrait of three women in custody at the Ghent prison.  We get to know them not through their crimes but as three people who feel, see and think.


This film explores the ambiguity and intimacy and distance towards three women who have to continue their life behind bars. 

You can now watch it on Vimeo On Demand (english subtitles)

It is through small but eloquent details that director Kristof Bilsen manages to sketch a moving portrait of three detainees in the women's prison in Ghent.
DE MORGEN (Jan Temmerman)

 Bilsen did wonders with the few means at his disposal to keep the documentary visually attractive and keep up the pace.

De Standaard (Niels Ruëll)


Director/DOP/Editor: Kristof Bilsen

Interviews/Co-director: Daniel Billiet

MUSIC: Michael De Rop

SOUND MIX: Yves De Mey

GRADING: Olivier Ogneux



The film was supported through a workshop grant from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

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