Genevieve Vieira
1 minute read
2 Oct 2015
8:00 am

Ayanda: a journey of self-discovery

Genevieve Vieira

After much anticipation, local film Ayanda opens in cinemas today and it doesn’t disappoint.

AYANDA - Fulu Mugovhani and Jafta Mamabolo

It’s got flair, well-developed characters and a plausible storyline – though sorely lengthy. A uniquely South African film, the story aims to capture the life of an ordinary South African, celebrating the diversity of cultures and sense of community that make up the broader population.

Set in Yeoville, the film captures a contemporary view of SA, rich with authenticity and resourcefulness, and will make you fall in love with this beautiful country all over again. One thing’s for sure, SA has a chic sense of style. The film shares the coming of-age story of a single-minded 21-year-old Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani), who has a talent for turning scrap into beautiful pieces of furniture.

A determined and vibrant afro-hipster, Ayanda takes it upon herself to revive her late father’s automobile workshop, which is in deep debt and in danger of being sold. Not wanting to let go of her father, Ayanda does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy, neglecting the dreams and well-being of those around her.

Audience members are swept into the young girl’s journey of self-discovery and kaleidoscopic human emotion. The film was recently picked up for US distribution by American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor Ava DuVernay. While altogether enjoyable, there’s nothing to justify an Oscar nomination, let alone a win.