Centered around five orphaned children from Swaziland, we learn of their realities and struggles through a visual medium unlike many.
The tale of Liyana is about a sister and her younger twin brothers, whom she must protect from the dangers around them. Liyana’s story infuses the challenges, imagination, fantasies, and dreams of these five young orphans.
South African author and storyteller Gcina Mhlophe helps guide these children craft Liyana’s story, while Nigerian-born visual artist Shofela Coker creates the stunning animation to bring their fairytale to life.
The award-winning filmmakers and cinematographers, Aaron Kopp (who grew up in Swaziland) & Amanda Kopp directed this moving film. The movie was also executively produced by award-winning actress, Thandie Newton. Critics say that LIYANA is an inspirational cinematic experience and a must watch for all.
The movie has screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world and has won 26 Jury & Audience awards. LIYANA will finally open in theatres across North America starting October 9th at New York’s IFC Film Center.
For more information visit LiyanaFilm.com.