Opening Night Film: Vaya (U.S. Premiere)

May 3, 7:00 pm


Director: Akin Omotoso
Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Running Time: 115 min.
Language: Zulu with English subtitles

Three strangers on a train traveling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg are bound by interlocking destinies. Each appointed with their own task to complete, their separate quests intertwine in a series of gripping narratives: Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang), charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital for burial, is unaware that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka), chaperoning a young girl en-route to reuniting with her singer mother, is given an exciting offer to appear on television that may be more than meets the eye. Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba), excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, gets caught up in criminal activities. As they struggle for survival, they attempt to hold steadfastly to their integrity and dignity in a city in which they hoped to find protection and solace.

Come celebrate Opening Night of the 24th New York African Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center!


(Q&A with Akin Omotoso)
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W 65th Street
Purchase tickets for the Opening Night Film & Reception

Also screening Friday, May 5, 2:00pm – Francesca Beale Theater


Film Society of Lincoln Center

165 W. 65th Street & 144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States