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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE NARRATIVE

CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN

TFF 2016 Directed by Priscilla Anany
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN [TFF 2016]

Against the picturesque Ghanaian backdrop, Children of the Mountain is an honest exploration of a mother’s will in the face of much adversity. When her baby is born with a cleft lip, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, Essuman is led to believe that she has a ‘dirty womb.’ Her promising future as a wife and mother is shattered as her lover disowns her and the community eyes her with suspicion. In a Ghana of old wives' tales and superstition, such deformities in the child are surely the work of the devil. As Essuman searches for a cure to her son’s illness, she encounters futility at the hospitals and dubious religious leaders and medicine men. In these dire times, she oscillates between having the utmost devotion to her son and controversial attempts at self-preservation. However, in the rural mountains of Ghana—where the souls of children are said to wait—their future may contain hope. Priscilla Anany's debut feature is a thoughtful and visually-luscious film and a story of the human spirit.



—Jule Rozite

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Against the picturesque Ghanaian backdrop, Children of the Mountain is an honest exploration of a mother’s will in the face of much adversity. When her baby is born with a cleft lip, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, Essuman is led to believe that she has a ‘dirty womb.’ Her promising future as a wife and mother is shattered as her lover disowns her and the community eyes her with suspicion. In a Ghana of old wives' tales and superstition, such deformities in the child are surely the work of the devil. As Essuman searches for a cure to her son’s illness, she encounters futility at the hospitals and dubious religious leaders and medicine men. In these dire times, she oscillates between having the utmost devotion to her son and controversial attempts at self-preservation. However, in the rural mountains of Ghana—where the souls of children are said to wait—their future may contain hope. Priscilla Anany's debut feature is a thoughtful and visually-luscious film and a story of the human spirit.



—Jule Rozite

Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 101 minutes
Language: Twi
Country: USA, Ghana
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Priscilla Anany
Screenwriter: Priscilla Anany
Producer: Priscilla Anany
Editor: Elizabeth Lee
Associate Producer: Mawuli Akpabi
Cinematographer: Eli Wallace Johansson
Executive Producer: Marie Djameh
Composer: Gabriel DiMarco, Ben Amakye - Boateng
Production Designer: Albert Quao Bervell
Cast: Rukiyat Masud, Grace Omaboe, Akofa Edjeani, Adjetey Annang, Agbeko Mortty (Bex), Dzifa Glikpo, Mynna Otoo
Contacts

Press Contact
Josh Johnson
Tribeca Film Festival
Phone: 5124198749
joshjohnson@tribecafilmfestival.org

Print Source
Adam Yeremian
Promedia
New York City, NY 10019
Phone: 646 284 7140
adamyeremian@gmail.com

US Sales Contact
Priscilla Anany
i60 Productions llc
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 646 420 4091
pjananyy@gmail.com

International Sales Contact
Priscilla Anany
i60 Productions llc
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 646 420 4091
pjananyy@gmail.com

About the Director(s)

Priscilla Anany was born in Ghana and migrated to the US. She studied Fine Arts at the University of NC School of Arts, School of Filmmaking and obtained her Master’s degree in Communications from New York University. Priscilla is an advocate of women’s empowerment and likes to tell stories about women and their strengths.

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