The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has officially started, and will screen approximately 101 feature films over the course of the next ten days.  55 titles will make up the competition slates and the Viewpoints section of programming, and 43 of these films will be world premieres.

TFF was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in efforts to contribute to the revitalization of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.  Since then, TFF has grown at a remarkable pace and celebrates the power of films that come from all over the world.

Among the brilliant films in the Viewpoints section of the festival, writer-director Priscilla Anany, will debut her first feature film, Children of the Mountain, as it makes its world premiere at the New York based festival on April 17th.

Children of the Mountain revolves around a young woman, Essuman, who gives birth to a son who is born with a cleft palate and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and becomes the victim of cruelty and superstition in her Ghanaian community.  In Ghana, children with cleft lips are stigmatized, and sometimes even sacrificed to tribal gods.  She is discarded by her lover, convinced that she suffers from a ‘dirty womb,’ and embarks on a journey to heal her son while creating a future for them both.  The cast includes Rukiyat Masud, Grace Omaboe, Akofa Edjeani, Adjetey Annang, Agbeko Mortty (Bex), Dzifa Glikpo, and Mynna Otoo.

Writer-director Priscilla Anany grew up in Ghana, West Africa in addition to few other African countries including Togo and Nigeria.  She moved to the United States in 2003 where she studied Filmmaking at University of North Carolina, and obtained her Master’s degree in Communications from New York University.  She started her Ghana-based production company, i60 Productions, in 2011.  At i60. Anany works as a producer and fixer for international producers looking to shoot their films, TV commercials, and other media projects in West Africa.  Anany also makes her own films, and shot her first feature, Children of the Mountain, in July 2014.  She was one of the recipients of the Women In Film Finishing Fund in December 2015.  She is currently developing her second feature film Green Bird.

If you are interested in attending this screening, tickets and additional information can be found HERE, and check out the teaser to this powerful and climatically beautiful film below: