Ayanda opens in U.S screens today

By Faeza
13 November 2015

Selma director and film distributor Ava DuVernay’s distribution company, ARRAY, will screen South African film Ayanda in the U.S. This is after it was screened at the 59th BFI London Film Festival in October. Ayanda will be released in theatres in Los Angeles and New York. Additional screenings will be held in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC Screenings will also be seen at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Africa in Motion Film Festival

Ayanda will be available on DSTV Box Office in South Africa from 16 December.

Ayanda, the latest film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, is a tale of love, friendship and growth in contemporary South Africa. 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.

Director Blecher says the film could not have found a more well-matched distributor in the US. “Not only is Ayanda a story about women, made by women, but it also highlights female entrepreneurship and ingenuity, both talents which can mean the difference between success and hardship in a city like Johannesburg. To have the film bought for distribution by an African American woman who has made her mark in Hollywood was an incredibly proud moment for all of us involved in the making of Ayanda.”

Ayanda was produced by Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Africa Magic and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It is distributed in South Africa by Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film Distribution.

Indigenous Film Distribution official site: www.indigenousfilm.co.za