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.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
PRODUCER: Sakheni Dlamini, Daniel Junge
COMPOSER: Philip Miller
ANIMATION ARTIST: Shofela Coker
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Thandie Newton
STORY ADVISOR: Gcina Mhlophe
Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-nominated cinematographer who was raised in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Kopp shot and co-produced the Oscar-winning documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, Saving Face. He was also cinematographer for the Sundance 2015 premiered film, The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses. Kopp was awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Doha Film Institute for his feature directorial debut, Liyana, which takes place in the country of his childhood and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and numerous other awards since.
Amanda Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. She was producer and cinematographer for the short film Likhaya, which won People’s Choice and Best Documentary awards at international festivals. She also filmed for the Sundance 2015 premiered film, The Hunting Ground. Kopp’s photographic work has been published in the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Pakistan, and Italy. Her feature directorial debut, Liyana, was awarded funding from Shine Global and Fork Films, before winning Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival, and the jury award for Artistic Bravery at the Durban International Film Festival.