Liyana

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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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  • Like Abbas Kiarostami's documentary ABC Africa (2001), the result is an unexpectedly joyous film about heavy subjects.

    April 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The children's stories alone would have been compelling, but illustrating them in this medium adds even more depth, nuance and emotion.

    October 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As tough as the subject matter may get at times, the film is guaranteed to be an uplifting one for viewers of all ages, with its emphasis placed on the joy of its subjects, whether it be in their everyday life or in the midst of their creative process.

    October 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A film for enterprising, discussion-inclined parents and teachers to share with their own young ones, passing the story on in the process.

    October 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • 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…

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