"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou
isiko loves to give back to its global community. On a quarterly basis, we identify an organization and donate 10% of our proceeds in support of their efforts.
This quarter, we are supporting Liyana, an award winning documentary 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 fable 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 tale of perseverance and hope.
Through this partnership our donations will go towards:
• Graphic novel of Liyana's story
• Educational materials & discussion guides
• Solar powered screening tour across Southern Africa
• Screenings for underserved communities in the US
• Storytelling workshops & live performances
Using the fictional story of a young African heroine to inspire the next generation of leaders to embrace their own strength and identities, directors and producers of Liyana aim to cultivate the culture of hope and pride in the Swazi nation and across the Southern African region. They hope the film will encourage young people of all colors and backgrounds to make their voices and stories heard, and to unite their communities as they look for world-changing solutions within themselves. They will promote the use of arts to support healing from loss and trauma, and use the power of storytelling to build empathy, hope, and to ignite imaginations.
Impact in eSwatini
Liyana will be creating a graphic novel with the aim to get it into several schools in eSwatini. Additionally, there will be a school and rural area screening tour with graphic novels to be distributed and post-screening discussion sessions that will focus on inspiring hope, self-confidence, and leadership among youth in eSwatini.
Impact in the US
Liyana will be partnering with various organizations and individuals to create discussion guides, educational materials, and creative workshops to be used by teachers, therapists, non-profits, etc., alongside the film. The goal is to build empathy, ignite imaginations, and support healing from loss and trauma.
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 28 jury and audience awards so far. The Sunday Times describes Aaron & Amanda Kopp's directorial debut as, part documentary, part animation, and pure magic.
all Photo + Art credit: Amanda Kopp + Shofela Coker