Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2021 • Belgium, Cameroon
Delphine is quick-witted, engaging, passionate, and intense. Born and raised in Cameroon, she has survived a series of personal catastrophes. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father did little to care for his children. She was raped at thirteen, became a mother soon after, and supported herself with sex work on the streets of Douala. Now, she lives with a Belgian husband three times her age and their children, estranged from much of her family. Unable to find a job, Delphine styles hair at home and still turns to sex work from time to time. In DELPHINE’S PRAYERS, she frankly shares her experiences with director Rosine Mbakam. Carried by Delphine’s exuberant storytelling style, these sometimes funny, sometimes painful interviews offer an intimate glimpse into the life of a woman who left the oppression of a patriarchal society looking for a new life in Europe—only to find herself enmeshed in sexual exploitation of a different kind.