Liyana (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

Liyana (2017)




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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.


Critic Reviews for Liyana

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

A spirited testament to the power of creativity - not only as a source of strength and joy, but as a way to access buried emotions.

July 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Though Liyana often feels more like an exercise in storytelling than a complete narrative, it is heartwarming to see the kids light up as they work together to create art out of their hardship.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A unique hybrid wherein fact is projected through a prism of fiction as both a mechanism to educate outsiders and heal from within.

March 6, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The approach certainly makes Liyana unique, but be aware that it gives you a glimpse and not the full picture of these kids.

October 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Two films in one, each unfolding with subtlety, sensitivity and strength. A wondrous accomplishment perched between the click of the light and the start of the dream, "Liyana" is one of 2017's best documentaries.

October 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whilst as a piece of cinema it doesn't amount to very much, it's impossible to deny the charm and bravery of Liyana's young narrators.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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