• Vaya
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2016
Format : Feature
Running time : 110 (in minutes)

ONE train.
FOUR people.
Strangers bound for Johannesburg. Each on their own mission.
But ONE event will irrevocably change their lives forever

VAYA is based on stories told by people who have experienced homelessness. Eight years in the writing, Vaya brings together three powerful interwoven stories of peoples expierences of arriving with nothing but hope in South Africa's economic hub, Johannesburg. Full of expectation they will soon experience, the harsh realities of big city life.
Nhlanhla has no money to pay for his girlfriend's dowry. His problems seem to be solved when his cousin Xolani, from the big city tells him he has a job for him that will solve his financial troubles. Nhlanhla is relieved and excited. Until he finds out what the job is.
Zanele must bring a young girl Zodwa to the city to be with her mother. Coming to the city might offer her the opportunity to fundamentally change her own life, until she realises that she's placed Zodwa in terrible danger.
Nkulu has a duty as the oldest son to fetch his migrant worker father's dead body. He doesn't understand his mother's anxiety at what on the surface is a simple enough task. Until he discovers that he might not be the only one interested in his father's body.
Three separate stories that all come together in one surprising and bloody climax

A film by Akin Omotoso

South Africa, 2016, Fiction, 110 minutes, 14A, Colour, Zulu

starring Mncedisi Shabangu, Zimkhitha Nyoka, Nomonde Mbusi, Sihle Xaba, Warren Masemola, Sibusiso Msimang, Azwile Chamane

Based on real stories

Akin Omotoso

Executive Producer
Jan du Plessis, Matthew Moodley, Cecil Barry

Akin Omotoso, Rethabile Molatela Mothobi, Harriet Perlman, Robbie Thorpe, Ronnie Apteker

Kabelo Thathe

Produced by Rififi Pictures

2016 | Toronto International Film Festival, TORONTO, Canada.
* World Premiere


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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