Director: Sara Blecher
Country: South AFrica
Year: 2015
Duration: 109 min



Supernova 16 July 2015 19:00 PM
Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre 17 July 2015 18:00 PM
Suncoast 7 18 July 2015 15:15 PM
Supernova 20 July 2015 10:00 AM
Supernova 22 July 2015 10:00 AM
Luthuli Museum 23 July 2015 10:00 AM
Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre 24 July 2015 10:00 AM

A community vibrant with African migrants from across the continent, searching for something better, spliced between South African’s indigenous, multi-cultured stalwarts, Yeoville has conceived its own set of rules to survive. Occasionally legal, often - not! Set in this district, 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 when she's thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars once loved, in need of a young woman’s re-inventive touch to bring them back into love again.

Since the death of Ayanda’s father, Moses, after a freak accident in his own beloved garage, Dorothy, Ayanda’s mother, has resisted interaction with the business, harboring guilt around his death, she’d rather not re-awaken.  But when Ayanda’s “Uncle” Zama and part owner, announces that the garage has been in severe debt and it’s time to sell. However, Ayanda’s memories of her father are rekindled when she visits the garage one last time. Shocked at the state of the decline and armed with reminders of its former glory days, Ayanda persuades Dorothy to a reprieve. And so with David, the Nigerian mechanic who harbors trauma from his dark past, and Zoum, the enthusiastic but exam-averse non-mechanic, the trio set to rebuilding the business.  And so Ayanda sets to right wrongs with those she's hurt - a new era begins but this time with her eye on the future – not the past.

Sara Blecher is a co-founder of CINGA Productions, a South African based film and television Production Company that has made a number of award-winning drama series including Zero Tolerance which was nominated for an international Emmy award. Her first feature film Otelo Burning has been screened to great critical acclaim and won over 17 international awards.


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