• Liyana

    Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
    Swaziland/US/Qatar | 77 minutes | True Stories

  • Liyana

    Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
    Swaziland/US/Qatar | 77 minutes | True Stories

  • Liyana

    Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
    Swaziland/US/Qatar | 77 minutes | True Stories

  • Liyana

    Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
    Swaziland/US/Qatar | 77 minutes | True Stories

An unforgettable testament to the power of storytelling, Liyana is a collaborative tale told by a group of Swazi orphan children, guided by anti-apartheid activist and renowned storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, and brought to life through beautiful animation. A heartwarming tale of perseverance and inner strength from the imaginations of children.

Schedule

January 5, 2018 6:15 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available
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January 6, 2018 4:30 PM Mary Pickford is D'Place Tickets not available
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January 11, 2018 2:00 PM Camelot Theatres Tickets not available
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January 15, 2018 10:30 AM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

A group of Swazi orphan children collaborate to tell a story drawn from their collective memories. From their imaginations comes Liyana, a fictional girl who embarks on a journey to rescue her younger twin brothers. Through the character of Liyana the children allow themselves to delve into the dark places in their memories. Guided by anti-apartheid activist and renowned storyteller Gcina Mhlophe and brought to life through beautiful animation by artist Shofela Coker, Liyana refuses to give into bleakness, instead bringing forth a heartwarming tale of perseverance and inner strength from the imaginations of children. The spirit of collaboration resonates through the film, from the talented and charming presence of the children onscreen to the people behind the camera. Executive produced by Thandie Newton and handled with sensitivity and care by directing duo, Aaron and Amanda Kopp, Liyana is a visually stunning and unforgettable account of the power of storytelling and the transformative nature of hope.

In competition for the Schlesinger Award.

film details

Country: Swaziland/US/Qatar
Year: 2017
Running Time: 77 minutes
Language: English and Swazi
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Best Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Film Festival; Audience Award - Best Film, Jury Prize - Best of Show, BendFilm Festival; DIFF Award of Artistic Bravery, Durban International Film Festival
Director: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Producers: Davis Coombe, Sakheni Dlamini, Daniel Junge, Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Cinematographers: Aaron Kopp
Editor: Davis Coombe, Aaron Kopp
Music: Philip Miller
Website: http://www.LiyanaFilm.com

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