One train. Four people. Strangers bound for Johannesburg. Each on their own mission. But one event will irrevocably change their lives forever.Based on real stories, Vaya weaves three separate plots that intersect in a gripping, edgy and deeply moving story about coming to the city and struggling to survive. It’s about strangers who never meet, but share a moment when all their lives explode and change forever.
Four characters arrive by train at Park station in Johannesburg. They are in search of family to help and support them. Each has come with a different but simple task to complete. But when they are betrayed by the people who were meant to protect them, they find themselves trapped in the city and with limited opportunities to survive.
Multiple stories are seamlessly woven together. There are no neat solutions and ends don’t easily tie up. As in real life, people often collide for brief moments. Sometimes these encounters have meaning and consequence and often they don’t and people scurry on in search of dignity and resources to survive.
DIRECTOR: Akin Omotoso
SCREENPLAY: Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, David Majoka, Madoda Ntuli, Craig Freimond, Harriet Perlman & Robbie Thorpe
PRODUCTION: Rethabile Molatela, RobbieThorpe, Harriet Perlman, Ronnie Apteker & Akin Omotoso
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kabelo Thathe
EDITING: Vuyani Sondlo
MUSIC: Joel Assaizky
SOUND: Richard Mohlari
CAST: Mncedisi Shabangu, Sihle Xaba, Sibusiso Msimang, Zimkihitha Nyoka, Azwile Chamane, Warren Masemola, Nomonde Mbusi
Akin Omotoso studied drama at The University of Cape Town where he won The Fleur du Cap for Most Promising Student. He also won The Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year in 2007. Television work includes A Place Called Home (for which he won Best Director at The South African Film and Television Awards (“SAFTA”) and the number one drama on South African television Soul City. Akin has produced and directed four feature films: God Is African and the award winning Man On Ground (official selection to Toronto and Berlin).
His romantic comedy Tell Me Sweet Something was released throughout the continent of Africa in September of 2015 and has subsequently been nominated for 7 Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards. His latest film offerings are Vaya and A Hotel Called Memory. Vaya made it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. It will be making its European premiere on the 11th February 2017 at the Berlin International Festival.