Liyana – Dec. 2nd

On Sunday, December 2nd, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, The Bozeman Doc Series presents the award-winning new documentary Liyana. The screening will be preceded at 6:00pm by a reception featuring food and drink in the Emerson lobby and the fifth annual Bozeman Doc Series silent auction featuring items from sponsors such as The Saffron Table, The Lark, Bozeman Spirits, and many more.

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives.

This genre-defying film weaves an original animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance. Liyana is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power of storytelling.

Produced by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge, Liyana has garnered widespread critical acclaim, won more than 25 jury and audience awards, and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world, including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight.

“A lyrical work that’s as bright and captivating as it is poignant.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Gorgeous… unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen.” Entertainment Weekly

“Brilliant… The world desperately needs to see more stories like this.” Shadow & Act

The reception and silent auction begin at 6:00pm, and the film begins at 7pm.

The silent auction will include: gift certificates from several of our sponsors, including The Lark, Treeline Coffee, and The Saffron Table, gift boxes from Bozeman Spirits, a massage from Reintegrative Massage, passes and schwag from the Bozeman Doc Series, a CSA share from Strike Farms, and much more.

Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, learn more about the series, and view trailers for upcoming films. The series will continue every other Sunday through Christmas. Starting January 10th, the series will move to every other Thursday through April.