Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Nov 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Nov 13 4:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Nov 13 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Sedona Kindness Day Encore!
Release Year:2017
Run Time:77 minutes
Production Country:Swazilind, Qatar, United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Aaron Kopp
Amanda Kopp


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with SedonaKind to present the encore of the multiple award-winning film “Liyana” on Monday, Nov. 13 as part of the Sedona Kindness Day celebration.

There will be two shows at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher and Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatres. Proceeds will benefit the charity work and projects of SedonaKind.

“Liyana” has won numerous top awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Directors’ Choice Best Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival in 2018. The film — and its powerful message — return to Sedona for this special encore by popular demand as the fitting observation of Sedona Kindness Day.

“Liyana” blends live action and gorgeous illustrated animation to tell the tale of an exceptional teacher and her orphaned students in Swaziland, as they create a myth to help the children triumph over their tragic circumstances and find a path to a better future.

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.

This genre-defying film weaves an original animated hero's journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance. “Liyana” is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power storytelling.

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.

SedonaKind has an anonymous donor who will be matching all additional donations received that evening.