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.
Based on real stories
OFFICIAL SELECTION BERLIN 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION TORONTO 2016
Directed by AKIN OMOTOSO
Produced by ROBBIE THORPE, RETHABILE MOTHOBI
HARRIET PERLMAN, RONNIE APTEKER
SELECTED FOR BERLIN 2017