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5 Ratings


Directed by Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp
United States, 2017


A talented group of orphaned children in the Kingdom of Swaziland confront past trauma through the creation of a fictional story. Their young heroine, Liyana, must embark on a dangerous quest to save her brothers after their home is violently attacked and her siblings are stolen away.

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Liyana Directed by Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp

Critics reviews

Like Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary ABC Africa (2001), the result is an unexpectedly joyous film about heavy subjects.
December 27, 2018
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There are ways in which “Liyana” might seem to put too rosy a spin on its subject matter, but it shows the optimism and self-awareness that can come from creativity.
October 09, 2018
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