Liyana now screening in African schools using solar power!

Liyana now screening in African schools using solar power!

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Liyana now screening in African schools using solar power!

In April, Sunshine Cinema in partnership with Internews and Melon High School, hosted their first community based free solar powered screening of Liyana in Gweru, Zimbabwe.

Per Sunshine Cinema, “after the screening the audience was very touched by the story of Liyana, and some of them related more with the story because it dealt more with issues of being an orphan and not having any support structure but most of them gained a lot of strength and wisdom from Liyana’s actions and determination.”

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Produced in Association with Shine Global and Directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp, in this award-winning documentary/animated film, a talented group of orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to write an original African tale about Liyana, a girl on a dangerous quest. Inspired by the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams, their fictional character’s journey reveals parallels between her fate and that of the young storytellers.

WHERE TO WATCH LIYANA
Direct TV | Sundance Now | AMC+ | Apple TV | Amazon | Google Play | Fandango Now | DVD/Blu-Ray | Book A Community Screening

Liyana + Live Filmmaker Q&A September 17th 8pmET

Liyana + Live Filmmaker Q&A September 17th 8pmET

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Liyana + Live Filmmaker Q&A September 17th 8pmET

 

WATCH AT ANYTIME THEN JOIN THE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A ON THURSDAY 9/17 AT 8PMET/5PT

Join Shine Global, Director/Producer Aaron Kopp, Animation Artist Shofela Coker, and Moderator Susan MacLaury for a virtual screening of Liyana and a live Q&A. Watch the film anytime before the Q&A from the comfort of your own home.

LIVE Filmmaker Q&A
Thursday, September 17th
8pmEST/5pmPST
RSVP

How to Watch

1. Click here to go the screening page on Eventive

2. If your screen says “Watch Now” simply click to begin viewing. If your screen says “Unlock” enter your email and password (you will need to create an account with Eventive if you don’t have one already) to secure a ticket and the page will take you to the “Watch Now” screen.

3. You have 7 days to begin watching the film after unlocking. Once you begin watching, you have 48 hours to complete the film. You can watch at anytime before the panel discussion – the film is 77 minutes long.

4. On September 17th at 8pmET the same page will host the live Q&A. You must be signed into your account to view. You can type questions and comments into the chat box.

5. If you’d like to make it a Movie Night, follow this timeline to join in the fun simultaneously with the filmmakers and friends across the country:

Thursday, September 17th
6:30pm EDT (NY) / 3:30pm PDT (CA)
Log in to Eventive to watch Liyana from the comfort of your home. The film is 77 minutes long.

7:50pm EDT (NY) / 4:50pm PDT (CA)
10 minute break – get your questions ready

8:00pm EDT (NY) / 5pm PDT (CA)
Participate in our live Q&A

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to sean@shineglobal.org for assistance and you can view the FAQ from Eventive

ABOUT THE FILM

LIYANA is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who turn past trauma into an original tale about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring story of perseverance and hope.

Executive produced by Emmy-winner Thandie Newton, and produced by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge, LIYANA features innovative animated artwork by Shofela Coker and an original score by Philip Miller. Critically acclaimed as exquisite, a staggering feature debut, and one of the year’s very best, LIYANA has played at festivals around the world, including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, and has won more than 35 jury and audience awards so far. The Sunday Times describes Aaron & Amanda Kopp’s directorial debut as, part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.

Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes | Rating: Ages 11 and up

“Brilliant…The world desperately needs to see more stories like this” – SHADOW AND ACT

“Gorgeous…Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen before” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Part documentary, part animation, pure magic” – SUNDAY TIMES

 

Aaron Kopp – Director & Producer

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 Academy Award-nominated Sundance 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 35 awards at international festivals including the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and the Knight Documentary Achievement Award.

Shofela Coker – Animation Artist

Shof Coker is an Illustrator/Art Director born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He has been living in the US since 2005 and has worked in video games as a character designer for studios such as Sony and Activision and at Jam City as an art director. He art directed the animated documentary Liyana, which has won several awards including best documentary at the LA Film Festival and grand prize at the New York Children’s Film Festival. He is currently working on an original graphic novel called Outcasts of Jupiter.

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Susan MacLaury – Moderator

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shine Global Susan was a Executive Producer of Liyana. She also has Executive Produced the Emmy Award®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated documentary War/Dance, the Academy Award® Winner Inocente, The Harvest (La Cosecha), 1 Way Up in 3D, and The Eagle Huntress. She is also the producer of The Wrong Light and Virtually Free. Susan is in charge of the educational outreach and social advocacy efforts for all of Shine Global’s films. She is https://antibioticspro.com dually degreed in social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013.

2019’s Top 5

2019’s Top 5

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2019’s Top 5

Thank you for your support of Shine Global in 2019!

We couldn’t have done all this without you.

  • Tre Maison Dasan had its broadcast premiere on PBS reaching almost 2 million viewers and sparking conversations about child welfare in the criminal justice system
  • The Election Effect,” Shine’s first digital series, was nominated for a Webby Award (aka “the Oscars of the internet”) and was a featured Webby for Good project. It’s now available for educational screenings to help teach civil discourse.
  • We completed Virtually Free for a 2020 release with the help of 218 backers on Kickstarter. Our 2020 release will use the film to promote juvenile justice reform.
  • Liyana raised more than $30,000 for the Liyana Educational Fund which helps cover students’ costs for higher education including university tuition and vocational training, as well as travel and boarding when needed.
  • Shine Global’s 5th Annual Gala raised over $175,000 to support our mission.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2020!

Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November

Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November

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Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November Pre-Order your copy now!

[Liyana DVD]Liyana release date November 19th

In this documentary/animated film, a talented group of orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to write an original African tale about Liyana, a girl on a dangerous quest. Inspired by the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams, their fictional character’s journey reveals parallels between her fate and that of the young storytellers.

  • Winner of more than 35 audience and jury awards!
  • 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
  • 5-Star review from Common Sense Media!

Tre Maison Dasan release date November 26th

Tre Maison Dasan is a story that explores parental incarceration through the eyes of three boys. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood marked by the criminal justice system, and told directly through the child’s perspective, the film unveils the challenges of growing up and what it means to become a man in America. Hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and ending with tremendous hope, Tre, Maison and Dasan’s lives are stories of growing up, struggle, loss, empathy, positivity, resilience and unconditional love.

2018’s Top 5

2018’s Top 5

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2018 Top 5

So much happened in 2018 – it was hard to pick our top 5!

  • Liyana had an amazing year garnering rave reviews and a lot of new fans – and work is starting on the educational components and engagement partners.
  • Tre Maison Dasan made its festival debut and in addition to the screenings and awards, the team has been building partnerships and hosting discussions with key stakeholders about the impact of parental incarceration on kids.
  • Shine’s first digital series “The Election Effect” premiered on Facebook to reach 1.6 million people and is now available for teachers and educators along with a free discussion guide.
  • Our upcoming documentary Virtually Free focusing on juvenile justice and a unique program that attempts to bridge the divide between teens and police wrapped principal photography and entered the edit room.
  • And our 4th Gala in NYC was a huge success – and a lot of fun!

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2019!