For its latest feature, Ava DuVernay's film collective, ARRAY, has acquired the South African coming-of-age drama, Vaya, by Nigerian filmmaker, Akin Omotoso. As a result, Vaya will be available on Netflix later this year.
With all the goodwill Vaya gathered since it premiered at TIFF two years ago — including being selected as one of South Africa's submissions for 'Best Foreign Language Film' at the 90th Academy Awards — it's no surprise it was picked up by ARRAY.
Inspired by true events, Omotoso's Vaya weaves together three separate stories to create a gripping portrait of small town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big city Johannesburg and Soweto.
Speaking about the film's Netflix premiere, the Vice President of ARRAY, Tilane Jones said:
"Through Vaya, actor turned director Akin Omotoso centers on South Africa’s diverse communities to explore the universal experiences related to coming of age.
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"
While the movie never came to cinemas in Nigeria, we now have the opportunity to watch it on Netflix this November. Netflix has a robust selection of Nigerian-helmed films, and this seems like a pretty great addition to that growing list.
We can't wait for it to come out, but until then, check out the trailer here