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White Elephant 15 rating

Two profoundly respected priests attempt to make their own way through the corruption and injustice at the heart of a Buenos Aries slum.

Drama 2012 105 mins

Director: Pablo Trapero


What should have been South America’s largest hospital sits half-finished in the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, home to thousands. Amidst rising tensions between residents, striking labourers and warring drug cartels, two Catholic priests (Ricardo Darin and Jérémie Renier strive to defend the rights of the community while confronting brutal gangs and a church hierarchy sceptical of their unconventional methods.

From one of Argentina’s most exciting and original directors Pablo Trapero, White Elephant is a compelling and highly charged film about courage and human triumph. Inspired by the true story of Argentinian priest and activist Father Carlos Mugica, it traces the moral tightrope these men must walk in their bid to stand up for the victims of a corrupt system. Tense, superbly constructed and ultimately uplifting, White Elephant is a transfixing story of will, violence and survival.