Discussion with the filmmakers
Floor T1, Theater 1
*Liyana*. 2017. Swaziland/USA/Qatar. Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp. Courtesy of Amanda Kopp

Liyana. 2017. Swaziland/USA/Qatar. Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp. Co-presented with New York International Children's Film Festival. In Swazi; English subtitles. 77 min.

New York premiere

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland craft the fairytale story of Liyana, a Swazi girl who embarks on a dangerous quest to save her young twin brothers. As their fairytale is brought to life with colorful animation, observational documentary scenes and intimate accounts of the children’s daily lives echo into Liyana’s fictional adventure and provide an unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jesser en het Suikerriet (Jesser and the Sugarcane ). 2016. The Netherlands. Directed by Godelieve Eijsink. 15 min.

New York premiere

A young boy dreams of a life far from the sugar cane fields that have dictated his family’s life.