Liyana (Swaziland: 2018)


Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp

Cast list

Gcina Mhlophe


Artwork by Shofela Coker

Edited by Davis Coombe

Story Assistance by Gcina Mhlophe

Score by Philip Miller

Cinematography Aaron Kopp


This animated documentary film combines stories of hardship and trauma from five Swaziland orphans into an original fable. The story follows Liyana on a quest to save her kidnapped younger brothers.


Lodge, Guy. “Film Review: 'Liyana'.” Variety, Variety, 10 Oct. 2018,

Kenigsberg, Ben. “Review: In 'Liyana,' Swaziland Orphans Turn Hardship Into a Folk Tale.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Oct. 2018,

Academic Articles:

Callus, Paula. “Remediations of Nonfiction: Animation, Interactivity, and Documentary From Africa.” Critical Interventions, vol. 11, no. 3, 2017, pp. 269–286., doi:10.1080/19301944.2017.1401412.

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