Durban Film Festival Unveils ‘Ayanda’ as Opening Night Film

The 36th Durban Intl. Film Festival announced Friday that South African pic “Ayanda” would be the opening night film.

“Ayanda,” directed by Sara Blecher (“Otelo Burning”), is the story of a 21-year-old hipster who fights to save her late father’s legacy — a motor repair shop — when it is threatened with closure.

” ‘Ayanda’ celebrates the diversity of our country and revels in the fact that we are a multi-cultural, colorful and exciting melting pot of Africa,” said co-producer Terry Pheto in a statement. “With this film we have tried to capture the Afropolitan nature of our country and the energy of its people.”

The film stars Fulu Mugovhani (“Scandal”) and Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, with South African stars including Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba and Vanessa Cooke.

The Durban festival includes more than 200 theatrical screenings and a full seminar and workshop program, as well as the Wavescapes Film Festival. It runs from July 16-July 26.

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