Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
Liyana: Documentary/Animated African Film
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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.

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Critic Reviews (16)

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.
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The Independent Magazi

09 Aug 2017
"Occasionally you happen upon a doc that succeeds in using a different style or technique to create a film that makes you sit up, lean forward, take notice. A film like this engages its audience emotionally and educates at the same time." ...
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Screen Anarchy

27 Jul 2017
"Liyana elevates the power of story-telling beyond the symbolic and abstract, to become something profoundly tangible; there is a visceral weight to the story composed by these children, and to its significance in their lives." ...
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World Pulse

22 Jul 2017
"LIYANA is authentic. The animation by Shofela Coker is bold, vibrant and detailed. Ihiya looks like ihiya that my Swati friend wore on the day of her wedding." ...
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TimesLive

21 Jul 2017
"Liyana is a unique piece of movie making produced by gifted storytellers who have taken great delight in creating a fantastical story filled with peril, monsters and outlandish challenges." ...
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City Press

20 Jul 2017
"It’s a tear-jerker that tells of childhoods robbed, but it also puts a smile on your face, with the innocence of childhood exuding with a tender lightness that carries the film effortlessly till its end." ...
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Durban International F ...

16 Jul 2017
"Liyana is definitely a film one would not want to miss come rain or sunshine." ...

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Release Date(s):

June 17, 2017 (Los Angeles Film Festival, USA)
July 13, 2017 (Durban International Film Festival, South Africa)

Executive Producer(s):

Albie Hecht, Susan MacLaury, Thandie Newton, Lisa Schejola Akin

Cinematography:

Aaron Kopp

Story by:

Sibusiso, Zweli, Phumlani, Nomcebo, Mkhuleko

Story adviser:

Gcina Mhlophe

Editor:

Davis Coombe, Aaron Kopp

Character Designer:

Kenneth Shofela Coker

Animator (Opening Sequence):

Stefan Nadelman

Sound:

Cody Ball

Music:

Philip Miller

Production Company:

Intaba Creative, Shine Global

Language:

English, Siswati

Runtime:

77 minutes

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