Programmed by Pauline David
Prix des jeunes - Cinéma du réel 2021
This film is the portrait of Delphine, a young Cameroonian girl who, after the death of her mother and her father’s abandoning his parental responsibilities, is raped at the age of 13. She resorts to prostitution to support herself and her daughter, and ends up marrying a Belgian man three times her age, hoping to find a better life in Europe for herself and her daughter.
Sitting crossed legged on an unmade bed facing the camera, Delphine waits for the final instructions from her friend Rosine, a director to whom she’s decided to tell her story for the first time. They’ve known each other for 14 years, when the two Cameroonian girls arrived in Brussels, one to enrol in film school, and the other following her Belgian husband she met back in Cameroon. They’ve shared the violence of a world that pays lip service to the notion of “welcome”; they’ve laughed and cried about it together and made fun of it too. With this film, they haul us onto their side and make us listen. Their suffering is real, but this is not about being trapped in some self-pitying cliché of the African woman. Delphine chose Rosine because she understands the tenacious political work this documentary-maker has put in place in her art. Art that relentlessly hunts down and deconstructs preconceived ideas, puts forward visions of women who have too little space on our screens, and constantly and with infinite gentleness forces us to review the models of our thoughts. Filmmaking that pushes us and makes us grow.
Programmer, director of Festival En Ville ! (Bruxelles - BEL)