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My Sister Liv

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Alan Hicks / Feature Documentary / Australia, United States of America / 2022 / 71 min / Colour / In English / Arabic subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


When eight-year-old Tess learned that her mother was pregnant, she was not excited at the prospect of a sibling. But with the birth of little Liv, who had the same fiery red hair as her older sister, an unbreakable bond was formed that, sadly, was torn apart too soon. Liv grew into a young woman full of energy and with incredible musical talent, but even as a child, she suffered from anxiety and depression until she was driven to a radical solution. Tess was left with a void in her life that she decided to fill by working with teenagers who have the same difficulties as Liv did.

‘My Sister Liv’ is a feature documentary following the inseparable sisters Tess and Liv. Liv is a young girl growing up with the relentless pressures of social media, depression, body dysmorphia, and, often, suicidal thoughts. The film takes us into the intimate journey of Liv’s raw emotions and fears of a young life on the edge, and, ultimately, Tess’s desperate struggle to save her. ‘My Sister Liv’ reveals the realities of stigma around mental health, and the aftermath for those left behind after a suicide. As a family learns to cope, they find hope in fearlessly talking about mental health and fighting to save young lives.

About the Director

Minsho Limbu is an independent filmmaker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He graduated in screenwriting and direction from Everest Film Academy, and 'Junko' is his debut short film. It was selected to have its world premiere at the 44th Drama International Short Film Festival. Currently, he is working as the Unit Production Manager of Nabin Subba's Nepali Independent feature film 'A Road to the Village'.

Alan Hicks is a Grammy Award-Winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Sydney. Hicks’ first feature documentary, ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’, won both the Audience Award and Best New Director honours at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film also won awards from the IDFA, AFI, Cinema Eye, Seattle Film Festival, Palm Springs, Hamptons Summer Docs and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature in 2015. Hicks then co-directed the documentary feature film, 'Quincy', following music legend and icon Quincy Jones. 'Quincy' premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and won the Grammy for Best Music Film.


Alan Hicks
Alan Hicks, Paula DuPré Pesme, Andrew McAllister, Jordan Swioklo
Paula DuPré Pesme, Camilla Mazzaferro
Executive Producer
Dan Braun, Josh Braun
Andrew McAllister, Michael Mahaffie, Jordan Swioklo
Production Company
Finch X No Worries
Shardool Shrestha
Shardool Shrestha
Niraj Bhusal
Production Company
Simal Cinema Pvt.Ltd
Justin Kauflin
Liv Forever Films LLC
Garima Singh, Sarita Giri

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