|  Book Tickets: 20/05/2018
  |  77 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Liyana Film Poster


Affecting and uplifting, this beautiful documentary and animated fiction hybrid tells the story of a young girl as imagined by a group of orphaned Swazi children. Executive produced by Thandie Newton and animated by artist Shofela Coker, five children from a self-sustaining agricultural orphanage in Swaziland, create a story under the guidance of South African children's author Gcina Mhlophe. In this tale-within-a-tale, the orphans invent a character drawn from their own experience. Their character, Liyana, is a brave and strong girl who lives in a thatched hut with her mother, father and two brothers. Their story never shies away from the realities of the pain and loss they have experienced. True to their own lives, resilience is key to the narrative they tell – a fairytale imbued with tenderness and courage.