Mashariki African Film Festival 2018, closing film
They say, nothing is stronger in the world than the love of a mother for her child. Winner of the prestigious Best Narrative Director award at the 2016 Tribeca film festival in New York, children of the maintain takes the viewer through an unexpected journey through the eyes of a mother fighting for the life of her son.
Through a single tale, director Priscilla Anany takes us through a modern but highly suspicious Ghana, filled with miss-interpreted that are used to guise of con men and women to take advantage of the most vulnerable. As Essuman (played by Rukiyat Masud) is abandoned by her lover, whom due to suspicious views of the society decide to let her go and her son. As she goes from one location to another, trying to find a solution from traditional healers, hospitals and churches, we see another world, a world that instead of coming to the rescue of the broken spirit, tries to take advantage of it at any given occasion.
The message behind the film goes beyond the fight of modernism vs tradition. Shot on location in Ghana’s capital Accra, and Volta region the film blends a modern touch to storytelling with a traditional message passing, with a powerful narrative that connects the viewer to each one of the character.
It’s no surprise that the film took almost five years of hard work, wringing and fund search to come together. Being honored at a major festival such as the Tribeca was a major achievement for the director and will defiantly open doors to yet another master piece to grace our screens soon.
“Children of the mountain” will close MAAFF 2018 on the 31st of March. Come and join us in celebrating: “Value, Image and Identity” through the lenses and pens of African filmmakers.
Click here to see the full official selection of this year’s Mashariki African Film Festival.