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Community Cinema | LIYANA | Monday, January 14 | Noon

CFI Education

Monday, January 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PST)

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LIYANA Jan 14, 2019 Free  

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Community Cinema

Presented by CFI Education


Appropriate for grades 8-12



Directed by: Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp

Monday, January 14 

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael   

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Creative sparks fly when young Swazi orphans are invited to tell their own story, inspired by harsh life experience and rich imagination. Famed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe encourages them to envision a character and draw, write, and enact the adventure. Together they invent Liyana and recount her dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers, which is brought to life by gorgeous 3D and 2D animation. Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp highlight the simple joy and beauty of the children at work and play in their group home on a farm. The horrors they’ve faced—hunger, abuse, violence, death of parents from HIV/AIDS—haven’t diminished their creativity and willingness to hope. Through collective storytelling, the orphans deepen their resilience by shaping Liyana’s quest and becoming heroes and heroines in their own lives.

Discussion and Q&A following screening with: 

 Director, Aaron Kopp

Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and national Emmy-nominated cinematographer who grew up in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Aaron shot and co-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, Saving Face. He was also cinematographer for the 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 was awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Doha Film Institute for his feature directorial debut, LIYANA, which has won more than 25 awards at international festivals including the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and the Knight Documentary Achievement Award.

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Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Monday, January 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PST)

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