"Where there is love there is no darkness" - African Proverb
Daylight is a South African Awareness film based on true events. Directed, written and Produced by Liesl Ahlers. Daylight aims to shed light on the devastating amount of children in South Africa - who become orphans due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
I wanted to tell the story from a 6-year-old boys' perspective and encourage viewers to see tragic events the way children do - they tend to have a beautiful ability to focus on the bright side.
Daylight is a story of Hope - of seeing the Light in the Darkest of times. The ONLY reason I've ever wanted to be an Actor is to make people FEEL something. I want people to relate to the characters I play. My personal aim is to be a voice to the voiceless, inspire those who feel lost and uplift those who feel hopeless through the characters I portray and the films I make.
I believe every role and film, no matter how "small", has the ability and potential to change someone's life. And I feel that is how we should approach every role and film we get to be a part of as Actors & Directors.
Daylight is an Official Selection of Realtime International Film Festival (RTF) 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria, Miami Springs International Film Festival (MSIFF) 2018 & KleinKaap Film Festival (KSFF) 2018, Nightlight Impact Awards Festival (NIAF) 2019
Daylight has received a total of 11 Nominations:
- Best Movie By an African Female Director/Producer (Liesl Ahlers) at RTF 2018 - Best Supporting Actress (Liesl Ahlers) at RTF 2018 - Best Child Actor (Siphesihle Kunene) at RTF 2018 - Best Festival Themed Film (Stories that touch) at RTF 2018 - Best Director (Liesl Ahlers) at KSFF 2018 - Best Local Short at MSIFF 2018 - Best Emerging Talent (Siphesihle Kunene) at NIAF 2019 - Best Director (Liesl Ahlers) at NIAF 2019 - Best Writer (Liesl Ahlers) at NIAF 2019 - Best Make Up & Special Effects (Mathew Howard-Tripp) at NIAF 2019 - Best Short Film at NIAF 2019
Daylight won the Award for Best Child Actor at RTF 2018 Daylight won the Award for Best Local Short at MSIFF 2018 Daylight won the Award for Best Short Film at NIAF 2019 Daylight won the Award for Best Emerging Talent at NIAF 2019 Daylight won the Award for Best Director at NIAF 2019 Daylight won the Award for Best Make Up & Special Effects at NIAF 2019