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South African Coming-Of-Age Drama 'Vaya' Heads To Netflix This November Via Ava DuVernay's ARRAY

ARRAY recently announced they have acquired the film by Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso with a national screening tour to come.

Ava DuVernay's ARRAY has acquired Vaya—a South African coming-of-age drama from Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso, Deadline reports.

This is the independent film distribution and resource collective's 19th feature to pick up, as it's set for a national screening tour starting in October and is due for a November 1 Netfilx debut.


The synopsis from ARRAY reads:

Paying homage to the Tsotsitaal namesake meaning "to go", filmmaker Akin Omotoso's VAYA chronicles the innocence lost by three young South Africans who journey away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. Stirring and suspenseful, the intertwining stories of strangers struggling to survive culminate in an explosive moment based on real accounts.

"We're excited to add this vibrant work to Array's catalog and we look forward to sharing its message of hope in the face of adversity with an international audience," Tilane Jones, ARRAY vice president, tells Deadline.

Check out the trailer below.

Vaya made it's world premiere at TIFF 2016 where it was well received and landed Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director.

The film stars Mncedisi Shabangu, Zimkhitha Nyoka, Nomonde Mbusi, Sihle Xaba, Warren Masemola, Sibusiso Msimang and Azwile Chamane.

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