Berlinale And TIFF Official Selection Marks Fourth Feature From
Filmmaker Akin Omotoso
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 28, 2018) - Today ARRAY Releasing announces VAYA as the film collective's nineteenth feature film acquisition. VAYA made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director. Paying homage to the Tsotsitaal namesake meaning “to go”, VAYA chronicles the innocence lost by three young South Africans who journey away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand territories. VAYA will debut on November 1 with a national screening tour and simultaneous release on Netflix. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.
Stirring and suspenseful, VAYA culminates in an explosive moment based on real accounts. Omotoso’s collaboration 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.
“Through VAYA, actor turned director Akin Omotoso centers on South Africa’s diverse communities to explore the universal experiences related to coming of age,” explained ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “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.”
The deal was negotiated 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.
Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. Now in its eighth year, ARRAY Releasing focuses on grass-roots distribution of feature narrative and documentary work by varied voices. Newly formed non-profit ARRAY Alliance expands on the organization’s deep roots in independent film through special programming geared towards impactful, inclusive initiatives. Together, ARRAY continues to champion underrepresented creators in creative spaces.