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Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland craft the fairytale story of Liyana, a Swazi girl who embarks on a dangerous quest to save her young twin brothers. As their fairytale is brought to life with colorful animation, observational documentary scenes and intimate accounts of the children’s daily lives echo into Liyana’s fictional adventure and provide an unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Aaron and Amanda Kopp, a married couple, collaborated with animation artist Shofela Coker on Liyana. The Kopps are no newcomers. Aaron worked on the documentary Saving Face, which won an Oscar, and Amanda’s photography has been published all over the world. Together they also created The Hunting Ground. Liyana has won them multiple awards, such as the title of Best Documentary at the L.A. Film Festival.

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