Young children craft a fictional tale of heartfelt heroism.

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Directed By: Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp
2017 / 74 mins.


Expected Guests: Co-Directors Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp


2017/ Swaziland, Qatar, USA / Documentary

A young Swazi girl embarks on an epic adventure to rescue her twin brothers, a story born from the real life imaginations of five children living together in a Swazi orphanage. Pulling from their own pasts- sometimes joyful, sometimes devastating- the children collectively create the journey of LIYANA. Mixing the fictional tale with documentary footage of these budding storytellers, parallel narratives of bravery, hope and love emerge. Produced by British-Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton (CRASH, WESTWORLD) and brought to life by Nigerian illustrator/artist Shofela Coker, LIYANA is an inspirational experience blooming with creativity from all sides of the camera. Lyrical and moving, the film is a true testament to the power of artistic expression.


Amanda Kopp

Co-Director, Producer

Amanda Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Kopp’s photographic work has been published in the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Pakistan, and Italy. Her feature directorial debut, LIYANA, won Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and the jury award for Artistic Bravery at the Durban International Film Festival.


Aaron Kopp

Co-Director, Producer

Aaron is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-nominated cinematographer who

was raised in the Kingdom of Swaziland. He was cinematographer for the Sundance 2015 film THE HUNTING GROUND and shot & produced Oscar-winning documentary SAVING FACE. LIYANA is his feature directorial debut for which he was awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Doha Film Institute.





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