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 swings 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. A thoughtful and visually-luscious tribute to the human spirit.

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Shadow and Act

13 Mar 2017
As a Black woman who is currently child free, motherhood seems like a foreign concept to me. The thought of putting someone else’s needs and desires above my own is an alarming idea, one I’m uncertain I’ll ever be prepared for. What I do know a ...

Bold as Love

13 Mar 2017
As I’m told, motherhood can be as beautiful as it is challenging. I’m confident that Essuman (Rukiyat Masud) has been told this many a time, but also certain that she’s never quite listened to those words until now. Living happily in her little ...

The Upcoming

13 Mar 2017
For new mothers, pregnancy can be as much about processing the idea of being pregnant, and defining one’s role as mother, as it is about the simple beauty of motherhood. One of the less discussed challenges of pregnancy is how women are expected to ...

Stage and Cinema

13 Mar 2017
Reading the synopsis of Children of the Mountain in the Tribeca Film Festival catalogue I fully expected the film to be a sentimental, agenda-driven disaster; the only reason I ended up watching it was because I was unable to watch the movie I had wa ...

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Release Date(s):

April 17, 2016 (Tribeca Film Festival, USA)
July 1, 2016 (limited release in Ghana)
October 2, 2016 (San Diego Film Festival, USA)

Executive Producer:

Priscilla Anany, Clement Djameh, Marie Djameh, Venerandah Djameh, Adam Yeremian


Eli Wallace-Johansson


Priscilla Anany


Elizabeth Lee

Production Designer:

Albert Aidoo Bervell


Alison Gregory, Mike Poppleton, Elly Mawuli


Gabriel DiMarco

Production Company:

i60 Productions, Cinetic Studios




101 minutes

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