It’s a win-win situation for
Africa as the South African
film, Ayanda, featuring
Nigeria’s O.C Ukeje after
successfully screening at the
Cannes Film Festival in France,
will had its world premiere in
Los Angeles.
The film will also screen in
competition at the Los Angeles
Film Festival, which has a lineup
of 74 feature films from
around the world.
The film directed by Sara
Blecher, has lead character,
Fulu Mugovhani , as the
21-year-old Afro-hipster
‘Ayanda’ with a talent for
taking neglected pieces of
furniture and “bringing them
back to love.”
The movie’s supporting cast
includes Nigerian actor OC
Ukeje, as well as South African
entertainers Jafta Mamabolo,
Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth
Nkosi, Sihle Xaba, Thomas
Gumede and Vanessa Cooke.
Ayanda has also been
announced as the opening
film at the 36th Durban
International Film Festival,
taking place from July 16 to
26 this year. The film is due to
appear in local cinemas on 28
August 2015.
The movie is set in the vibrant,
Afropolitan community of
Johannesburg’s Yeoville. The
movie ‘Ayanda’ shows the
coming-of-age of a twenty-one
year old Afro- hipster, who
embarks on a journey of selfdiscovery
when she has to fight
to save her late father’s legacy;
a motor repair shop when it is
threatened with closure.
She’s thrown into a world
of greasy overalls, gender
stereotypes and abandoned
vintage cars once loved, now
in need of a young woman’s reinventive
touch to bring them
back to life again.
Director Durban Film
Festival, Pedro Pimenta said
“We are pleased that this
feel-good film will open this
year’s festival. Ayanda offers
an interesting and positive
convergence of talents style,
resources and distribution
potential for the film market.
There is a real sense that
reaching an audience has been
the most important motivation
equally shared by the
filmmakers and their financiers
in its creation.”
Director of Ayanda, Sara
Blecher, said, “We are very
proud of Ayanda and are
thrilled to have it selected
as the opening film at this
year’s festival. The film had
a very successful screening
in Cannes last month and we
look forward to screening it to
festival-goers in Durban.”
Co-producer of the movie,
Terry Pheto said, “Ayanda
celebrates the diversity of our
country and revels in the fact
that we are a multi-cultural,
colourful and exciting melting
pot of Africa. “With this film
we have tried to capture the
Afropolitan nature of our
country and the energy of its

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