Open City Documentary Festival

Delphine’s Prayers / Les prières de Delphine

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Rosine Mbakam | 2021 | Belgium, Cameroon | 90’ | digital

The latest film by acclaimed filmmaker Rosine Mbakam is a portrait of Delphine, a young Cameroonian woman now living in Belgium. Over the course of several interview sessions, Delphine describes a life full of tragedy, trauma and loss beginning with the death of her mother during childbirth and her own childhood experiences of sexual abuse and exploitation. Filmed entirely within the confines of a small Brussels apartment, Mbakam’s patient, steady camera remains fixed on Delphine with only an occasional doorbell or distant street sound a reminder of the world outside the frame. Throughout her career Mbakam has found spaces where African women are able to be and to speak and – in this apartment –   Delphine tells her own painful story with spirit, courage and wit.

In partnership with Wallonia-Brussels International