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Delphine, a 30-year-old Cameroonian woman, sits casually on a mattress. With filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, she will “just talk as usual,” describing what led her here, to this brightly lit room in a Brussels apartment. Over the course of several different meetings, her story unfolds through an emotional recounting that reveals a life transformed by rape, illness, poverty and betrayal. She speaks through the camera to Mbakam – herself Cameroonian and based in Belgium – and vacillates in topic and tone, between lightness and darkness and with an intimacy that could only originate from a relationship imbued with understanding, confidence, compassion and respect. As Delphine lays bare the scars of a patriarchy which imposes its power over women through sexual violence and dehumanization, surviving at all comes to seem miraculous.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
    Cameroon Pidgin, French, English
  • Country
    Belgium, Cameroon
  • Premiere
    DC Metro Area
  • Director
    Rosine Mbakam
  • Screenwriter
    Rosine Mbakam
  • Producer
    Geoffroy Cernaix
  • Executive Producer
    Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles
  • Cast
    Delphine, Rosine Mbakam
  • Cinematographer
    Rosine Mbakam
  • Editor
    Geoffroy Cernaix