International Competition

Liyana

Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp
Screening time  
27.02. / Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Wednesday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 3  
02.03. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
A heart-warming tale of perseverance and inner strength from the imaginations of children.

A group of Swazi orphan children collaborate to tell a story drawn from their collective memories. From their imaginations comes Liyana, a fictional girl who embarks on a journey to rescue her younger twin brothers. Through the character of Liyana the children allow themselves to delve into the dark places in their memories. Guided by anti-apartheid activist and renowned storyteller Gcina Mhlophe and brought to life through beautiful animation by artist Shofela Coker, Liyana refuses to give into bleakness, instead bringing forth a heart-warming tale of perseverance and inner strength from the imaginations of children.

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Amanda Kopp

manda Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. She was producer and cinematographer for the short film Likhaya, she also filmed for The Hunting Ground. Her feature directorial debut is award-winning Liyana (2017).

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Aaron Kopp

Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-nominated cinematographer. Kopp shot and co-produced the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face (2012). He was also cinematographer for the film The Hunting Ground. His feature directorial debut is award-winning Liyana (2017).

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Liyana

USA
2017, 77'

Directed by:
Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp

Screenplay by:
Intaba Creative

Cinematography:
Aaron Kopp

Edited by:
Aaron Kopp, Davis Coombe

Music:
Philip Miller

Producers:
Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp, Sakheni Dlamini

Produced by:
Intaba Creative

Festivals & Awards:

LA Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary; Durban International Film Festival 2017 – Jury Award for Artistic Bravery; BendFilm Festival 2017 – Audience Award, Jury Prize – Best of Show; BFI London Film Festival 2017; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2017; Mill Valley Film Festival 2017