Nhlanhla against wall

The must-see, award-winning South African film Vaya, comes to screens across South Africa from October 27th. In Johannesburg, it will be showing at the Rosebank Cinema Nouveau and Hyde Park Nu Metro.

At dump gangsters

Vaya originated with the Homeless Writers project, which provides equipment and encouragement to homeless people in Johannesburg to record their lives. The results have been remarkable: the city of Johannesburg, seen from the bottom up, entirely unexpected in the courage and resourcefulness of the people writing the stories. The Homeless Writers project led to a book, Vaya, Untold stories of Johannesburg, a compilation of four of the life stories, edited by the project’s founder, Harriet Perlman, and with photographs by Mark Lewis.

The book in turn led to the movie Vaya, directed by Akin Omotoso, which was the only South African film chosen for the Toronto International Film Festival. It has won numerous awards, including best screenplay at the African Movie Academy Awards. It was also the opening documentary at the New York African Film Festival. 

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