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Saturday, October 3, 2015


(Former Durban actress Nthati Moshesh, who did her training at Technikon Natal, now the Durban Institute of Technology)

Ayanda, the highly-anticipated new film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, and co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto of Tsotsi fame, is quickly building a global audience. Worldwide, film festival organisers have been snapping up the local movie that tells the story of a young Afro-hipster making the transition to adulthood.

The resolute 21-year-old, Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani), who has a talent for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”, takes on the task of saving her father’s failing auto garage, eight years after his death. She does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy, while confronting the ups and downs of her own life. The film also stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, with a star South African cast including Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba and veteran star of stage and screen Vanessa Cooke.

Ayanda, which will be screened at the 14th annual Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) from October 16 to 24, opened nationwide in local cinemas on October 2.