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Trailer: Array Releasing’s ‘Ayanda’ (Lauded South African Coming-of-Age Drama)

Trailer: Array Releasing's 'Ayanda' (Lauded South African Coming-of-Age Drama)

Just over a month after the distribution collective announced its re-launching, along with what will be its next two releases (“Ayanda” and “Out of My Hand”), Array Releasing has now set a Fall 2015 special “double feature theatrical experience” that will include both pickups, kicking off on November 13 in Los Angeles and New York City, followed by a national tour to include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Seattle, Houston and Boston.

Directed by South African filmmaker Sara Blecher, “Ayanda” is set in the vibrant, Afropolitan community of Johannesburg’s Yeoville, and tells a coming-of-age story of a 21-year-old “Afro-hipster,” who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, when she has to fight to save her late father’s legacy – a motor repair shop – when it is threatened with closure. She’s thrown into a world of gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars once loved, now in need of a young woman’s re-inventive touch to bring them back to life again.

The film stars Fulu Mugovhani and Nigerian actor OC Ukeje, with a star-heavy South African cast that includes Ntathi Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabola, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba and veteran star of stage and screen, Vanessa Cooke.

This is director Sara Blecher’s follow-up to her critically-acclaimed “Otelo Burning” (covered quite extensively on this blog), which premiered in 2011.

Ahead of “Ayanda’s” November 13 debut, an Array release trailer for the film is online and embedded below; followed by upcoming theatrical playdates for the film.

Opening dates for both films are as follows:

Starting 11/13              Los Angeles                Downtown Independent

Starting 11/13              New York                    Imagenation RAW Space

Starting 11/18              New York                    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

And here are the one-night tour engagements for each film, separately:

“Ayanda”

11/13               Washington DC           Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art

11/14               Atlanta, GA                 Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens

11/17               Philadelphia, PA          African American Museum presented by Reelblack

11/19               Houston, TX                Houston Museum of African American Culture

11/22               Montgomery, AL         Pure Art Literary Café

11/24               Seattle, WA                 Ark Lodge Cinema

12/01               Calabash, NC             South Brunswick Islands Center

12/05               Boston, MA                 Reel Life Experience at Arts Emerson

12/05               Greensboro, NC         The Artist Bloc

“Out of My Hand

11/14               Atlanta, GA                 Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens

11/17               Philadelphia, PA          African American Museum presented by Reelblack

11/20               New York, NY             Imagenation RAW Space

11/22               Montgomery, AL         Pure Art Literary Café

11/24               Seattle, WA                 Ark Lodge Cinema

11/26               Houston, TX                Houston Museum of African American Culture

12/01               Calabash, NC             South Brunswick Islands Center

12/06               Boston, MA                 Museum of Fine Art Boston

12/08               Washington, DC          Anacostia Arts Center presented by Parallel Film Collective

12/12               Greensboro, NC         The Artist Bloc

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