Liyana

Director(s): Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Country: Qatar, Swaziland, United States
Language: In English and SiSwati w/English subtitles
Animation | 2017 | 77 min
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Recommended for ages 10+ (Parental Guidance: strong thematic elements including HIV/AIDS, descriptions of child abuse, alcohol abuse, and situations of peril)

New England Premiere

The therapeutic power of storytelling is at the forefront of this genre-defying documentary. Swaziland is a tiny country with the world’s highest HIV infection rate. A tragic consequence are the estimated 200,000 orphans now needing care, many traumatized beyond just losing their parents. At one orphanage, healing takes place through collective storywriting borne from the children’s personal experiences. The result is the powerful story of Liyana, a brave and determined girl who sets out to save her abducted twin brothers from many forms of peril. Where the children take Liyana in the story is where they are working to be in life.

Awards
• LA Film Festival “Best Documentary” 2017
• Durban International Film Festival “Artistic Bravery Award” 2017
• Heartland Film Festival “Grand Prize” 2017