Ayanda and the Mechanic has taken Los Angeles by storm.
The movie, which was prouduced by Terry Pheto and Sara Blecher, has received the "Special Jury Prize" at the 2015 LA Film Festival. An excited Terry took to Instagram to reveal the news and to also share a message from the jury.
The message read: "Jury Prize goes to a film that is entertaining, ambitiuos and poignant... The performances are very strong, led by the wonderful Fulu Moguvhani in the title role. Vibrant energy, the film springs off the screen as the use of colour and the streets of South Africa become an integral character of this story..."
Message from the #LAFilmFest2015 jury "Jury Prize goes to a film that is entertaining, ambitious and poignant. Andannounces a fresh and original voice in World Fiction Cinema. The director deftly uses animation and reportage to move through a very human and socially significant story. The array of contemporary issues; multiculturalism, xenophobia and gender - are all dealt with subtly, allowing the audienceto take things in at our own pace. This film also offers insight to a part of South Africa rarely seen by the western world. A middle class family trying to make sense of secrets, love, pain and life, without making apologies for the characters and their situations. Through this honest story of a woman, her mission and the people in her life, we're left with a healing quality of the film's authenticity. The performances are very strong, led by the wonderful Fulu Moguvhani in the title role. Vibrant and full of energy, the film springs off the screen as the use of color and the streets of South Africa become an integral character of this story. The Special Jury Prize goes to "Ayanda and the Mechanic" by Sara Blecher. #AyandaMovie #LeadingLadyProductions
Well done to Terry and the team!