SA film to be screened at Toronto festival

Akin Omotoso on set at the Vaya the Movie shoot. Picture: Lerato Sejake
Akin Omotoso on set at the Vaya the Movie shoot. Picture: Lerato Sejake

A South African film based on real-life stories of people who have experienced the harsh realities of big city life will be screened at the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Akin Omotoso, brings together three powerful interwoven stories of people arriving in Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa, in one surprising and bloody climax.

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.

Speaking to City Press, Omotoso said it is a great honour for Vaya to be selected to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“It’s been eight years in the making and on behalf of the team, we are thrilled and look forward to sharing it with the audience in Toronto and soon after bringing it back to the continent,” said Omotoso.

Vaya will make its premiere with the best of other international and Canadian films.

The festival will be held from September 8 – 18.

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