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015 /South Africa/ 105 minutes/ English/ Drama, Romance

Director: Sara Blecher

Producers: Terry Pheto, Robbie Thorpe, Busi Sizani

Script: Trish Malone

Director of Photography: Jonathan Kovel   

Sound: Sound Mixer PRESIDENT KAPA Boom Swinger CLIVE MAKHANYA

Sound Design GUY STEER Music Composer TIAGO CORREIA-PAULO

Editor: Nicholas Costaras

Cast: Jafta Mamabolo, Fulu Moguvhani, Nthati Moshesh

Production Company: Leading Lady


Synopsis

In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, a young woman tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where everything keeps shifting... Everything except the one thing that really does need to change. Ayanda and the Mechanic is a coming of age story of a twenty one year old Afro hipster, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery trying to keep the memory of her father alive, when she’s thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars in need of a young woman’s re inventive touch who tries to reclaim what would’ve been, what could’ve been.

Director’s profile

Sara Blecher Originally from South Africa, Blecher’s family moved to New York when she was 12 years old. Her family is originally of Jewish Lithuanian origin, which informs some of her work. After a brief spell at Georgetown University, Blecher lived in Paris for a year and enrolled in film school upon her return to New York. Blecher graduated from NYU, and in 1992, shortly after graduating, she returned to South Africa. She directed the documentaries Surfing Soweto and Kobus And Dumile. She was nominated for Best Movie Director at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her first film Otelo Burning, a story of how 16-year-old Otelo Buthelez learns how to surf amidst apartheid. The film won 17 awards internationally. It is in Zulu with English subtitles and stars Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede and Tshepang Mohlomi. Following the success of Otelo Burning, Blecher received funding from the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) for a "slate of films". Her film second film Ayanda premiered October 10 at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and took international honors at the LA Film Festival in 2015.