Opening Night Film: Vaya (U.S. Premiere)
May 3, 7:00 pm
Director: Akin Omotoso
Country: South Africa
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.