A testament to the transformative power of storytelling, LIYANA follows five orphaned children in Swaziland who, under the guidance of an acclaimed South African writer, craft the spellbinding story of Liyana, a Swazi girl who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. As the story takes shape, Liyana’s journey mirrors stories of perseverance drawn from the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams. Animation is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes in this powerful, genre-bending portrait.
In English and SiSwati with English subtitles.
This screening is co-presented by Shine Global.
Q&A with executive producers Susan MacLaury and Albie Hecht to follow both screenings.
New Jersey Film Competition
Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp, Davis Coombe, Daniel Junge, Sakheni Dlamini
USA/ Qatar/ Swaziland