Liyana 2018

Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp For All Ages

Affecting and uplifting, this beautiful hybrid of documentary and animated fiction tells the story of a young girl as imagined by a group of orphaned Swazi children. Recommended for audiences 10+

Jul 28

Reading Cinema 10

Aug 11

Reading Cinema 5

Swaziland In English and siSwati with English subtitles
77 minutes DCP
PG
violence & some scenes may disturb

Directors

Producers

Amanda Kopp
,
Aaron Kopp
,
Daniel Junge
,
Davis Coombe
,
Sakheni Dlamini

Photography

Aaron Kopp

Editors

Aaron Kopp
,
Davis Coombe

Animation

Shofela Coker

Music

Philip Miller

With

Gcina Mhlophe

Festivals

Los Angeles, London 2018

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Square Eyes

A group of children living in the Likhaya Lemphilo Lensha home for orphans are led through a workshop process by author Gcina Mhlophe. Together they dive into their collective imaginations to create Liyana, a brave heroine who undertakes an epic adventure, outsmarting many a dangerous animal and even more dangerous humans along the way. A beautifully crafted, genre-defying exploration of fable as a source of creative healing and strength, Liyana is an inspiring collaborative project where children’s courageous voices are given centre stage. — NM

Liyana is a thrilling, beautifully-illustrated fictional tale of a young girl on a perilous quest to reunite with her brothers. At the same time, it’s a compelling documentary following the lives of five amazing children from an orphanage in Swaziland. Together with their wonderful storytelling teacher, these bright and captivating youngsters transform their difficult experiences through narrative to collectively craft Liyana’s tale.” — NY International Children’s Film Festival


Please note: while sensitively handled, this film deals with challenging family histories and the ongoing impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa.