Lion Mountain documents a journey through Sierra Leone, West Africa, through the eyes of 26-year-old British film-maker Louis Buckley.
After a long desire to visit the continent of Africa and learn more about his slave history, Buckley finally decides to visit the country of Sierra Leone, as it was the head of British West Africa in the days of Empire. Buckley is the first member of his family to return to Africa after a momentus journey which saw his ancestors uprooted from Africa and transported to Jamaica as slaves.
The film looks at pre-colonial Sierra Leone, questioning what happened in the days of Empire and how the country descended to where it is. It also examines the beginning of European and African trade, the difference between African and European slavery, and some of the effects of Western imperialism and colonial rule