World-renowned Ava DuVernay buys US film rights to ‘Ayanda’
Steve’s breakdown: If you don’t know who Ava DuVernay is, don’t bother reading on. But if that sparks interest and you love Hollywood, check out “Ayanda and The Mechanic” and make the connection.
HOLLYWOOD, CA: DuVernay, is noted as the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Oscar-nominated film “Selma”, about the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and starring David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey as well as Common.
Likewise, DuVernay is the first female African American director to have a film – Selma – nominated for “Best Picture” at the Oscars.
ARRAY Distribution, headed by DuVernay, announced on Wednesday that they are going to release “Ayanda” in the US this fall.
“Ava DuVernay has long been a promoter and distributor of black independent films and women filmmakers,” Pheto, who co-produced Ayanda, said in a statement.
“DuVernay herself recognises this and is proving to be a force to help bring about needed change. She is not only a savvy film marketer and acclaimed director, but also a black woman entrepreneur who is deeply committed to increasing the representation of black people on the big screen.”
“Ayanda” is a coming-of-age story, directed by Sara Blecher and starring Fulu Mugovhani, OC Ukeje, Jafta Mamabolo, Nthati Moshesh and Kenneth Nkosi.