Vaya follows three strangers boarding a Johannesburg-bound train, united by their quests for family assistance. However, betrayed by those they sought, they become trapped and isolated in the city. The film intricately weaves three plots, converging in a compelling narrative of survival and dignity amid urban challenges. The first story introduces a man seeking a job from his influential cousin, only to discover he must commit murder. The second story follows a young man striving to reclaim his father’s body from his urban “city family.” Lastly, a young woman’s journey reveals her aunt's hidden life and forces a fateful decision between dreams and responsibility.  

DIRECTED BY: Akin Omotoso. WRITTEN BY: Craig Freimond, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Antony Mafela, David Majoka, Madoda Nthuli, Harriet Perlman, Robbie Thorpe. WITH: Mncedisi Shabangu, Sihle Xaba, Sibusiso Msimang, Zimkhitha Nyoka. 2016. 115 min. South Africa. Color. Zulu. DCP courtesy of ARRAY.

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