‘Ayanda’, a film written by Trish Malone and directed by Sara Blecher, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on 13 June 2015 and won the coveted Jury Award there. Shot in South Africa and starring local actors Fulu Mugovhani, Jafta Mamabolo, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Sihle Xaba and Vanessa Cooke, this is an empowering film about life as a woman in modern day South Africa. Produced by Terry Pheto, Busi Sizani and Robbie Thorpe, it tells the story of Ayanda (played by Fulu Mugovhani) a young woman who has a knack for revamping things. Eight years after her father’s death his prized auto repair garage is in debt and in danger of being closed, but Ayanda steps up and tries to save it. Emphasising her bravery, intelligence and determination, this film is a fresh and necessary perspective on femininity. Sara says, “As a female team, we are proud to have made such a strong and vibrant film about women in contemporary South Africa.”
See ‘Ayanda’ at the 36th Durban International Film Festival from 16-26 July 2015.
The film releases at cinemas nationally on 2 October 2015.
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