Liyana

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directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp
USA/Swaziland, 2017, English/siSwati, 77 minutes

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of the transformative power of storytelling.

Cast + Credits

Directors: Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp
Cast: Gcina Mhlophe
Cinematography: Aaron Kopp
Editing: Davis Coombe & Aaron Koop
Producers: Davis Coombe, Sakheni Dlamini, Daniel Junge, Aaron Kopp, & Amanda Kopp
Executive Producers: Albie Hecht, Susan MacLaury, Thandie Newton, & Lisa Schejola Akin