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Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 13, 2017 12:45 PM
Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 12:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:77 min.
Director:Aaron Kopp
Amanda Kopp
Producer:Amanda Kopp
Aaron Kopp
Daniel Junge
Davis Coombe
Sakheni Dlamini
Screenwriter:Intaba Creative
Cinematographer:Aaron Kopp
Amanda Kopp
Editor:Davis Coombe
Aaron Kopp
Note Writer:Carol Harada


Young Swazi orphans are invited to create a story together out of their deep suffering and rich imaginations. Famed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe encourages them to envision a character and draw, write, and enact the adventure. They invent Liyana and her dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers from human traffickers. Aaron and Amanda Kopp (The Hunting Ground, MVFF 2015) 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. This backstory, the children’s vivid enactment of Liyana’s journey, and gorgeous 3D and 2D animation by Shofela Coker’s team are artfully intercut to immerse us fully in the adventure. Through collective storytelling, the orphans deepen their resilience by shaping Liyana’s quest and becoming heroes and heroines in their own lives. Age 11+

*Oct 13 screening is a CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

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Aaron Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy®-nominated cinematographer who was raised in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Kopp shot and co-produced Saving Face, the Oscar®winning documentary about acid attacks in Pakistan, and was the cinematographer for the Sundance 2015 premiered film The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on college campuses. Kopp was awarded grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Doha Film Institute for his feature directorial debut, Liyana, which takes place in the country of his childhood and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival.

Amanda Kopp is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. She was producer and cinematographer for the short film Likhaya, which won People’s Choice and Best Documentary awards at international festivals, and filmed for the Sundance 2015 premiered film The Hunting Ground. Kopp’s photographic work has been published in the UK, US, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Pakistan, and Italy. Her feature directorial debut, Liyana, was awarded funding from Shine Global and Fork Films, before winning the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival and the Jury Award for Artistic Bravery at the Durban International Film Festival.