In this beautifully animated documentary-hybrid, a Swazi girl named Liyana embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. Created by five orphaned children in Swaziland under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, LIYANA is an incredible work of collaboration that tells a story of perseverance drawn from the children's darkest memories and brightest dreams. The fictional character's journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. As their fairytale is brought to life with colorful animation, intimate accounts of the children's daily lives echo into Liyana's fictional adventure and provide an unparalleled perspective of one of the world's most vulnerable populations. Executive-produced by Thandie Newton. Winner, Best Documentary, 2017 LA Film Festival. Grand Prize – Documentary Feature, 2017 Heartland Film Festival. Award for Artistic Bravery, 2017 Durban International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2017 London and Mill Valley film festivals, 2018 Palm Springs and Miami film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp; PROD Davis Coombe, Sakheni Dlamini, Daniel Junge. Swaziland/Qatar/U.S., 2017, color, 77 min. In English. NOT RATED; recommended for ages 10+

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