Liyana – Amanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp

Liyana – Amanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp

As five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to tell a remarkable tale, their words burst to life in gorgeous animation. Together, they tell the imaginative story of Liyana, a young Swazi girl on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. Through their story of perseverance, drawn from the young narrators’ darkest memories and brightest dreams, audiences journey through a uniquely poetic blend of observational documentary scenes with an animated tale to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.


“Gorgeous. Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen before.” – Entertainment Weekly


Amanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp - LiyanaAmanda Kopp & Aaron Kopp, Directors/Producers

Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and national Emmy-nominated cinematographer who grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Aaron shot and coproduced the Academy Award-winning documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, Saving Face. He was also cinematographer for the 2015 Sundance Audience Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film, The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses. He has worked across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and the South Pacific on films for HBO, Netflix Originals, National Geographic, Discovery, UK Channel4, CBS, CNN, and PBS. Aaron received grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Doha Film Institute for his feature directorial debut, Liyana.

Amanda Kopp is an award-winning photographer and artist. She was producer and cinematographer for the short film, Liyana, which won a Golden Palm, People’s Choice, and Best Documentary awards at international festivals. She was a cinematographer for the Sundance 2015 premiered film, The Hunting Ground. Amanda’s photographic work has been published in the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Pakistan, and Italy. Her photographs won the Grand Prize in the Photo District News ‘Top Knots’ photography competition. She has traveled to Swaziland regularly over the past 14 years and directed her first feature length film, Liyana, with funds from Shine Global and Fork Films.


Wednesday February 7, 2018 Williams Hall Auditorium, Oxford College of Emory University Oxford, GA 7:30 PM ET
Thursday February 8, 2018 Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University Auburn, AL 6:00 PM CT
Sunday February 11, 2018 Winder Cultural Arts Center Winder, GA 4:00 PM ET
Monday February 12, 2018 Martha Street Culp Auditorium, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday February 13, 2018 University Center Theater, Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday February 14, 2018 Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts Maryville, TN 7:00 PM ET
Thursday February 15, 2018 Neville Hall, Presbyterian College Clinton, SC 7:00 PM ET