Reviewing ‘Children of the Mountain’: A Ghanaian film on disability, cosmology and medicine By Vanessa Ansah-Pewudie

On the 5th of November, 2016, I attended the second screening of Children of the Mountain for the African Film Festival in London, a film directed and written by Ghanaian-born Priscilla Anany.

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When I first read the description of the film I was quite excited and surprised to see an African film on this topic, disability generally being something rarely touched on in film, media and literature. Yet, I was slightly worried that the plot would run along the lines of a child being born with a nameless ‘mysterious’ disability, in an attempt to emphasise the presence of an abnormality and trivialise health diagnoses. Children of the Mountain was particularly interesting for me because I could relate it to my Medical Anthropology module, which I am taking for my ‘African studies with health’ course.

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Narratives of Imperialism: alive,well and living on BBC Iplayer By Catherine Hodge

A silver lining of commuting to lectures at UCL from Birmingham is the amount of time I have at my disposal to feed my insatiable documentary habit whilst travelling on public transport. I frequently spend time in the early morning scrolling through Iplayer ( other online multimedia platforms are available) to find and download programmes that might prove to be relevant to my studies, as well as those which are of more general interest. Last week I stumbled across BBC Scotland’s series The Last Explorers. I decided to watch their episode on David Livingstone and, admittedly, went into viewing it with a lecture on outsider representations of Africa and their frequent weaknesses from Kevin MacDonald fresh in my mind.

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