Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Run Time: 77 minutes


From a classroom in a Swazi orphanage comes the story within the story of fictional LIYANA, a brave young girl who sets out on an incredible journey to save her twin brothers, with the help of her loyal bull. Born from the creative minds and based on the unimaginable hardships of the orphans, Liyana’s adventure is brought to life by enthusiastic voices, beautiful animations, and an uplifting soundtrack. As these young storytellers breathe life into Liyana and narrate her tale, we hear pieces of their own journeys intertwined. At times heartbreaking, this film is also infused with laughter, joy, and hope. Despite the difficulties she has encountered on her path, Liyana’s story is one of triumph and inspiration, inviting the orphans and audience members alike to reclaim their own stories. LIYANA is proof there is light in the midst of darkness. The film is truly a magical viewing experience for all. (In English and SiSwati with subtitles) —G.S.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM

African Diaspora
Family Films
Film Is Art
Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Director Director

Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp

Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp are award-winning filmmakers based in Denver, Colorado. Aaron was raised in Swaziland and is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer who has worked on films for HBO, Netflix Originals, National Geographic, and many others. Amanda is an award-winning photographer and artist, whose photographic work has been published internationally.

The Hunting Ground (2015), LIYANA (2017)

Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp, Daniel Junge, Davis Coombe, Sakheni Dlamini

Aaron Kopp

Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp

Shofela Coker

Principal Cast
Gcina Mhlophe

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Kiwanis Club of Cleveland

Community Partners

Amani Children's Foundation

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