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Film: "Vaya" by Akin Omotoso


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"Vaya weaves together three separate stories to create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto. Beginning on a train travelling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, Vaya focuses on three passengers and follows each of them into the city. They're strangers to one another, yet bound by interlocking destinies and a shared naïveté. Imagine a South African spin on Amores Perros and you're partway there.
Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang) is charged with retrieving his father's remains from the capital and bringing them back home for burial. What he doesn't know is that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl who's en route to reunite with her mother, a singer who manages a tavern. When Zanele meets the mother's charismatic boyfriend, he promises that he can get her on TV as a dancer, but there's more to this offer than meets the eye. Nhlanhla, excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, is caught up in criminal activities — ranging from kidnapping to murder — the moment he gets off the train.

Vaya, South Africa/Nigeria, 2016,
Director: Akin Omotoso,
110 min

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