Liyana, South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Liyana, South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe

Wednesday, October 10th - Tuesday, October 16th
2:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm  
Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children's real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell - in fiction and in their own lives.

Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00pm: Q&A with co-directors Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp and subjects (and creative collaborators) Phumlani, Zweli, and Nomcebo.

Critically acclaimed, and executive produced by award-winning actress, Thandie Newton, Liyana has won more than 25 jury and audience awards and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world including the British Film Institute's London Film Festival and MoMA's Doc Fortnight.

"Unlike any documentary you've ever seen before."
- Entertainment Weekly

"As bright and captivating as it is poignant."
- The Hollywood Reporter

#SouthAfrican #storyteller 

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