Translated from South Africa’s mixed spoken language Tsotsitaal as “to go,” Vaya weaves together the stories of three young strangers on a train bound for Johannesburg. Their stirring and suspenseful struggles to survive, based on real accounts, are heightened by stunning aerial shots and fast-paced images of Johannesburg, culminating in an explosive moment. Nigerian actor-turned-director Akin Omotoso’s coming-of-age drama was recently handpicked by Ava DuVernay for her film distribution collective after he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director. 2016, DCP, 115 min.
Akin Omotoso: Vaya
This presentation is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.