Memory of Missionaries

Memory of Missionaries (2017)
≤ 52' Documentaire - 56' - En distribution

Written and directed by Delphine Wil

In the last century, men of the Church went to the Congo to preach the Good Word. In Mémoire de Missionnaires, the last witnesses of that time recount their memories. They are marked forever by their experiences, by the contradictions and by the cultural shocks.

Their memories often testify to a part of colonial history which is often commented upon and yet unrecognized. They give a lucid and critical look at the Christianization of Africa.


Directed by Delphine Wil

Director of Photography Florian Vallée
Sound Engineer Jeanne Debarsy
Editing Sébastien Calvez
Sound Editing Stéphane Grégoire & Bertrand Le Roy
Music Aldo Platteau
Additional music Stéphane Grégoire & Bertrand Le Roy
Mix Aymeric Eustache
Translator/Interpreter Charly Kasereka
Calibration Pierre-Louis Viné

Produced by Aurélien Bodinaux
Production Neon Rouge

Co-produced by Oualid Baha
Co-production Tact Production

With the support of FWB, RTBF, CNC, Lyon Capitale TV, Procirep-Angoa

Project developped as part of the Africadoc residencies

Technical Details: 

Genre Documentary – colors

Language Swahili & French

Subtitles French/English

Format 16/9

Sound stereo - 5.1

Shot on HDV

Photos from the film:

- Festival du film documentaire de Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis, Sénégal - 12/2017)

- Mashariki African Film Festival (Rwanda, Kigali - 03/2018)

Vues d'Afrique (Montréal, Canada - 04/2018)​

- FESTICAB Festival International du Cinéma et de l’Audio-Visuel du Burundi (Bujumbura, Burundi - 05/2018)

- 8e Rencontres Afrique en docs (Saint-Louis, Sénégal - 06/2018)

9ème édition du festival international de Films de Femmes Mis Me BINGA (Cameroun - 06/2018) - In competition

Congo International Film Festival (Republique Democratique du Congo - 07/2018)

The Rasnov Histories and Film Festival, edition #10 (Râșnov Citadel, Romania - 07/2018)​

AFRICLAP (Toulouse​ - France, 08/2018)

FICKIN (Festival International du Cinéma de Kinshasa) (Kinshasa, Republique Democratique du Congo - 10/2018) 

Toukountchi Festival de Cinéma du Niger (Niamey, Niger - 10/2018)

- African Women Arts & Film Festival (AWAFFEST) (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - 03/2019)

- 14e Festival cinémas d’Afrique à Lausanne (Lausanne, Suisse - 08/2019)