VayaThe South African drama Vaya, supported by the Gauteng Film Commission, has won yet another series of awards this month. At the Durban Film Festival on Saturday 22nd July, Vaya won Best South African feature film.

The previous week, at the African Movie Academy Awards in Kigale, Rwanda, Vaya won Best Director (Akin Omotoso); Best Screenplay (Craig Freimond, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Antony Mafela, David Majoka, Madoda Nthuli, Harriet Perlman and Robbie Thorpe); and Best Sound (Andrea Rusch). Vaya had been nominated in ten categories, the most for any film. Among those who received nominations were actresses Zimkhitha Nyoka and Nmonde Mbusi.

Last year, Vaya was the only South African film to be selected for screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received praise from the critics for its empathy with its subjects. In South Africa the film has so far been shown only at Film Festivals and private screenings, but is due to be screened on the national circuit from October 27th.

Vaya is based on the real stories of homeless people, following the journeys of four strangers, newly arrived in Johannesburg, who meet on a train from Durban. The film is the culmination of years of work by the Homeless Story Project, established by Omotoso's business partner Robbie Thorpe, which set out to "give a voice to the voiceless" via film and other media.