A young Johannesburg woman inherits a struggling garage and sets about transforming it into a business that reflects the city’s new, youthful and hip environment.

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Director Sara Blecher
Producers Sara Blecher, Terry Pheto, Busi Sizani, Robbie Thorp
Screenwriter Trish Malone
With Fulu Mugovhani, OC Ukeje, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi
South Africa 2015
118 mins
Sales Ten10 Films

Sara Belcher’s Ayanda is a fresh, modern tale set in a vibrant and diverse Johannesburg. 21-year-old Afro-hipster and artist Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani) is the child of a Nigerian father and a South African mother (Nthati Moshesh). After her father’s death she inherits his struggling garage and along with her mechanic boyfriend David (OC Ukeje) they work hard, combining their skills, to keep the business going. In order to attract custom they decide to specialise in the buying, refurbishing and selling of vintage cars. Using a collage-style ‘inspired by the possibilities of a modern African aesthetic’, Blecher presents colourful portraits of the multi-national residents living in Johannesburg’s Yeoville suburb, intercut with a rousing narrative of two individuals with nothing to lose overcoming all odds. A lively, engaging and ultimately celebratory female-centred story, Ayanda also highlights the Afro-cultural hub that modern South Africa is fast becoming.

Keith Shiri