CAST: Gcina Mhlophe DIRECTOR: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp Ending 12/13
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 collective storytelling.
The children's stories alone would have been compelling, but illustrating them in this medium adds even more depth, nuance and emotion.Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
'Liyana' brilliantly masters the art of storytelling through children who didn't need much of an imagination to bring that story to life.Lisa DeNeal, Black Girl Nerds
As tough as the subject matter may get at times, the film is guaranteed to be an uplifting one for viewers of all ages, with its emphasis placed on the joy of its subjects, whether it be in their everyday life or in the midst of their creative process.Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com