Ayanda (Ayanda and the Mechanic) (2015)

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After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father's car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA is a coming-of-age story from South African writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph.

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

But the film's mostly folksy soundtrack constantly tugs at you as a reminder that this is still the product of white filmmakers engaging in ethnography and cultural appropriation.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The film has the urgency and magnetism of an assured youth-culture manifesto, only stumbling a bit when the balance between dramatic and comic elements leans too heavily toward the former.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Clever and inventive, the film interweaves snapshots of Africa, even some animation, in its eloquent story of loss and recovery.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

It's an uncommonly rich picture, constantly spinning off in unexpected directions.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Low-budget filmmaking rarely looks as good as this colour-saturated, mostly cheerful tale of modern South Africa led by a notably female cast and crew.

Feb 22, 2016 | Full Review…

...the director's appreciation of the vibrancy of African culture, and excellent acting by the principal cast members, make Ayanda worth seeing.

Oct 28, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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