Amanda and Aaron Kopp shot this inventive and compassionate documentary at an orphanage in Swaziland, showing how the South African children’s author Gcina Mhlophe gets several orphans to work through their traumas by creating a story together. The Kopps illustrate the children’s tale with animated drawings by Kenneth Shofela Coker, and the animation, especially when coupled with the children’s improvised narration, is affecting—even borderline-adorable. Yet the theme of trauma lingers well after this short movie ends; the children’s story touches on alcoholism, losing a family, and near death from starvation, making one wonder what horrors these children experienced. The Kopps don’t divulge what the young storytellers went through before arriving at the orphanage, but rather focus on the kids’ creativity and social skills. Like Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary ABC Africa (2001), the result is an unexpectedly joyous film about heavy subjects.