BY ESE DIBEBI
South African film, Ayanda, in which top Nollywood actor OC Ukeje plays a leading role is set to be released in the United States of America through Hollywood director, Ava DuVernay‘s distribution company, Array.
Ayanda had its world premiere earlier this year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition. It will next screen as part of the prestigious BFI Film Festival’s official selection in London on October 10.
The film will get a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles in early November, with a digital release to follow. The deal was brokered by Ten10Films/Restless Distribution, a Restless Global company, which is selling and distributing Ayanda worldwide.
“Ava DuVernay has long been a champion of black independent films, enabling filmmakers to reach a wider African-American audience. Array is a perfect fit for a film like Ayanda and we could not have hoped for a more suitable North American partner,” said Restless Global’s Tendeka Matatu.
The film was produced by Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Africa Magic and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Watch the trailer below: