Ava DuVernay’s Company Acquires South African Film Vaya

Making an announcement on Tuesday, Ava DuVernay disclosed that her film collective, Array Releasing has acquired their 19th feature with “Vaya”. The South African Bildungsroman drama produced by South African filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, is set to be screened nationwide as well as a Nov. 1 simultaneous debut on Netflix.

Array already made inroads into major markets in the West, acquiring distribution rights in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand territories.

“Vaya” which had its world premiere in 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival, crafts together a trio stories of the lost innocence of three young South Africans who embark on a journey away from their rural homes on a Johannesburg-bound train.

The film results in a climactic moment based on real accounts. It marks the fourth feature film for Omotoso and the first time he’s collaborating with first-time feature cinematographer, Kabelo Thathe, pairs stunning aerial shots with fast paced images in Johannesburg to intertwine the stories of strangers struggling to survive.

The deal was cobbled together by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of Array as well as Christina Campagnola of APA Agency for the filmmaker.

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