Ayanda
AKA Ayanda and the Mechanic
South Africa, 2015, 105 minutes, HD
Fiery heart, fiery mind
Ayanda Synopsis

In a vibrant and diverse Johannesburg community, 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda has a knack for taking neglected pieces of furniture and "bringing them back to love." Eight years after her father’s death, she is determined to revive his prized garage, which is in deep debt and in danger of being sold. Director Sara Blecher’s sophomore work crackles with infectious energy and style, capturing a vividly contemporary view of a South Africa where cooperation trumps xenophobia.

This one-of-a-kind film melds gorgeous still-frame montages inspired by the possibilities of a modern African aesthetic and documentary- like techniques to explore its core theme: how do we let go of the things and people we love?

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Reviewed by viviencox
Ayanda is truly one true-blue Daddy's girl!  The sudden demise of the father was clearly too much for her and to escape the pain she tries hard to revive the... more
Ayanda is truly one true-blue Daddy's girl!  The sudden demise of the father was clearly too much for her and to escape the pain she tries hard to revive the car shop of his father and by keeping her father's memory alive.  That poignant scene between her and her mother reveals the pent-up emotions she kept bottled inside of her and  viewers can feel the intense pain and hurt.  An admirable and upbeat film from South Africa that  reminds us of man's universal need for love and acceptance, among others.
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Reviewed by jeteli
There's a very sad story embedded in this movie but somehow the mood kinda lightens when photo montages and stop animation sequences are being featured.  There are many artsy styles... more
There's a very sad story embedded in this movie but somehow the mood kinda lightens when photo montages and stop animation sequences are being featured.  There are many artsy styles in the movie and director Sara Blecher expertly mixes this with the over-all vibe and energy emanated by the character of Ayanda to make this film an engrossing one. The conflicts and revelations help build up viewers' interest and the film tackles issues of family relationships as well as the idea surrounding things with sentimental value to people.  For Ayanda's part, it was her father's garage and beloved red car. It's always painful holding on to memories and material things that remind you of a loved one but for Ayanda it was a sort of consolation and some sort of security blanket for her. Commendable performances and with a documentary style at times, this film is creatively unique and highly recommended for you to watch!
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Visually appealing and quirky!  This movie about one determined young lady to save her late father's garage is awe-inspiring and she moves heaven and earth just to make things work.... more
Visually appealing and quirky!  This movie about one determined young lady to save her late father's garage is awe-inspiring and she moves heaven and earth just to make things work. As scenes unfold, you can sense her gnawing sadness and longing for her father who died fatally. Fulu Moguvhani as Ayanda gives a very compelling performance and gives justice to the character;  determined, stubborn, independent but also internally bruised and missing her father a lot.  Acting portrayals of the rest of the cast were commendable enough and the sub-plots like Ayanda's romance with mechanic David add spice. Notable to mention would be the documentary-like style that the film aims to achieve, leaving little to guess if this is fiction or  bordering on real life events. The element made with which a camera man suddenly comes into a particular scene to interview people with whom Ayanda interacts with, is quite queer yet unique. This is a film worth checking out! 
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  • really admire this lady! She's an epitome of  the modern African woman who's empowered and independent!

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  • really admire this lady! She's an epitome of  the modern African woman who's empowered and independent!
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  • I felt the anguish and pain of a daughter who was so attached to her father. The sudden demise of the father really took a toll on her emotionally. Great film!

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  • I felt the anguish and pain of a daughter who was so attached to her father. The sudden demise of the father really took a toll on her emotionally. Great film!
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  • I admire the character of Ayanda : independent, strong and determined. Thumbs up!

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  • I admire the character of Ayanda : independent, strong and determined. Thumbs up!
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