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Liyana

Released Oct 10, 2018 1h 17m Documentary TRAILER for Liyana: Trailer 1 List
98% Tomatometer 41 Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous mission to save her twin brothers. Read More Read Less
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Critics Consensus

Empowering children to share their experiences, Liyana amplifies marginalized voices and iterates storytelling's healing properties, gifting us a joyful documentary.

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Ben Sachs Chicago Reader Like Abbas Kiarostami's documentary ABC Africa (2001), the result is an unexpectedly joyous film about heavy subjects. Apr 9, 2020 Full Review Karen Han L.A. Weekly If the rule is "show, don't tell," then Liyana is a success. Oct 22, 2018 Full Review Kimber Myers Los Angeles Times The children's stories alone would have been compelling, but illustrating them in this medium adds even more depth, nuance and emotion. Oct 18, 2018 Full Review Sandie Angulo Chen AWFJ.org Liyana is a beautiful film about the way storytelling can empower, heal, and reveal truths. Oct 11, 2021 Full Review Cate Marquis AWFJ.org In lesser hands, this documentary could have been something simple and too sweet, but Aaron Kopp, who grew up in Swaziland, and his wife Amanda, wisely let the children' express their darker thoughts as well as the hopeful ones. Oct 11, 2021 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson AWFJ.org Liyana is an absolutely lovely and heartening vision of the power of story to help children cope with trauma, overcome their fears, and find hope in a world that has been too harsh to them. Oct 11, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Worse than the worse movie. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A little interesting and will pass the time, but that is about it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A true work of art. Beautiful in concept and visually stunning. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Inspirational, heartwarming, and visually stunning. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member absolute fucking shit, not worth you or ur kids time Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member absolute trash not even worth your consideration Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous mission to save her twin brothers.
Director
Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Producer
Davis Coombe, Sakheni Dlamini, Daniel Junge, Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp
Distributor
Abramorama
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 10, 2018, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 19, 2019
Box Office (Gross USA)
$23.1K
Runtime
1h 17m
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