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Ayanda is a 2015 South African film directed by Sara Blecher. The festival title of the film was Ayanda and the Mechanic. The film was picked up for a November 2015 release by independent film distribution company ARRAY.[1]

Directed bySara Blecher
Written byTrish Malone
StarringFulu Mugovhani
OC Ukeje
Nthati Moshesh
CinematographyJonathan Kovel
Distributed byARRAY
Release date
  • June 13, 2015 (2015-06-13) (Los Angeles Film Festival)
Running time
105 minutes
CountrySouth Africa



A photographer captures photos and stories of Africans in Yeoville, South Africa, centered largely around Ayanda, a young designer working out of her late father's garage. When Ayanda's mother and her mother's best friend disclose a need to sell the garage, Ayanda, not willing to let go of her father's memory, undertakes a scheme to refurbish old cars to save the business with the help of two loyal mechanics. The film explores the strain Ayanda's endeavor causes within her group of family and friends pitting her obsessive desire to retain everything of her father's against their attempts to move on.


The film received generally positive reviews upon release.[2]

It won a Special Jury citation at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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  1. ^ Cunningham, Todd. "Ava DuVernay's AFFRM Rebrands as ARRAY, Acquires 2 Films". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ Walsh, Katie. "LAFF Review: 'Ayanda And The Mechanic' Is A Fresh, Modern Example Of African Cinema". Retrieved 13 November 2015.

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