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Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Black Cinema: Under the Skin
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Best of Fest
Voice Category:Thrill Me Chill Me
Release Year:2016
Runtime:115 min
Country/Region:South Africa
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Rififi Pictures
Director:Akin Omotoso
Producer:Ronnie Apteker
Rethabile Molatela Mothobi
Akin Omotoso
Harriet Perlman
Robbie Thorpe
Cinematographer:Kabelo Thathe
Screenwriter:Craig Freimond
Tshabalira Lebakeng
Zaiboo Anthony Mafela
David Majoka
Madoda Ntuli
Harriet Pearlman
Robbie Thorpe
Editor:Vuyani Sondlo
Composer:Joel Assaizky
Principal Cast:Warren Masemola
Harriet Manamela
Phuthi Nakene
Sihle Xaba
Mncedisi Shabangu
Emmanuel Nkosinathi Gweva
Filmography:God Is African ('03)
Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest ('09)
Man on Ground ('11)
Tell Me Sweet Something ('15)


On the train to Johannesburg, three very different people experience a harrowing journey to an unforgiving city that devours weakness.

Without money to pay for his fiancée's dowry, Nhlanhla jumps at his cousin’s offer of a hot job in the booming city, until he discovers the true nature of the work. Zanele must bring a young girl, Zodwa, to Johannesburg to be with her mother, and realizes that in doing so she has placed her in terrible danger. And Nkulu has a duty as the oldest son to fetch his migrant worker father’s dead body. A simple, if arduous, task, until he finds that he is not the only one interested in his father’s body.

More than ten years in the making, Vaya is a startling change of tone from Akin Omotoso, the director of the acclaimed, and crowd-pleasing, Tell Me Sweet Something ('15).


”The imagery is truly the film’s star, conveying much of the plot’s underlying tensions through Thathe’s indelible images.’ Awards Circuit

Director’s Biography

Akin Omotoso: Perhaps best known as the star of a popular South African soap opera, Akin Omotoso was born in 1974 and grew up in Nigeria before emigrating to South Africa in 1992. A prolific director, Omotoso counts over a dozen films that he has acted in, produced, or directed since his stage debut in 1995.

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