Terry Pheto's film, "Ayanda" bought by major US distributor

By Drum Digital
09 September 2015

"From Africa to the world."

Terry Pheto’s co-produced film continues to do wonders overseas.

Ayanda, which premiered in Los Angeles in June, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, has been picked up for distribution in the US by American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor Ava DuVernay. As the writer and director of Selma (2014), the acclaimed biopic of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, DuVernay is the first female African American director to have a film nominated for the Academy award for Best Picture.

Pheto shared this Instagram post:

The beautiful and incredibly talented filmmaker @directher has picked up #AyandaMovie for US distribution! From Africa to the world ??

A photo posted by Terry Pheto (@terrypheto) on

In a statement, the TV star said: “Ava DuVernay has long been a promoter and distributor of black independent films. DuVernay herself recognises this and is proving to be a force to help bring about needed change.”

Ayanda, the latest film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, is a tale of love, friendship and growth in contemporary South Africa. It opens nationwide in local cinemas on 2 October 2015, and is set for release in the US shortly after, in mid-November.

The film tells the story of a single-minded 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani), who has a talent for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”. Eight years after her father’s death, his prized auto repair garage is in deep debt and in danger of being sold, but Ayanda does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy.

The film also stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje – winner of the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Actor, Jafta Mamabolo, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Sihle Xaba and Vanessa Cooke.

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