Rarely are we privileged enough to see a film having not been inundated (for months sometimes) with previews that show and tell way too much. (I’ll never understand this.) Independent films have a curse and a blessing—no deep pockets to flood the market with previews means the story is guarded and fresh for first time viewers. This was my experience with LIYANA: a spectacular, vastly original film, the likes of which you have never seen. I suggest that you not watch a trailer or read a review. Just find a way to see this film, even if it means hosting a screening at a school, church, town hall, gallery…

Produced by Thandie Newton, directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp, with artwork by Shofela Coker, LIYANA was released on October 10, 2018 and yet you’ve probably not heard of it. My husband I went with friends to a free screening in San Rafael, CA at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center on Fourth Street—thanks to the Education division at the California Film Institute. When you follow the links below, be careful not to poke around too much on the site or you’ll see too much!

Go here to see if there’s a screening coming near you.

Or you can always find a way to host a screening.

One way or another, I hope you’ll see this film.