'Liyana' | Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center | Film | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice



“Children’s imaginations have always been a significant way to protect and insulate them from the adult world,” writes Australian parenting author and educator Maggie Dent in her 2012 blog post “Death Through the Eyes of a Child.” The 2018 documentary Liyana illustrates the power of imagination with poignant real-life examples. Using animation and documentary footage, the award-winning film follows five children in the African country of Eswatini as they channel traumatic experiences, such as losing parents and facing HIV, into a fable about a brave girl fighting for her family. The Vermont International Film Festival presents the picture as part of its Monthly Screening series and recommends it for viewers ages 10 and up.

Price: $5-8; free for Vermont International Film Festival members.

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