702 host Azania Mosaka recently watched Akin Omotoso’s award-winning feature film Vaya.
The film follows three people who board a train headed to the big city of lights, Johannesburg.
The strangers, each embark on their own mission, with a simple task to complete and in search of family to help them. But when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city - invisible and alone.
Director, Akin Omotoso says the story came out of the Homeless Writers Project, where the homeless came together and shared their stories of how they came to Joburg.
Over the course of eight years, those stories told became part of the film 'Vaya'.— Akin Omotoso, Director
Apart from the film being a drama and thriller, it also conveys the humility enveloped in the city says Omotoso. He says it is the view of the city and how we all inhabited it that he tells in the film.
Omotoso was delighted to share that Vaya is being considered for an Oscar, but in order to qualify it has to have been released over a period of seven days from the 15 September - but will be officially released nationwide in October.
Vaya is one of the films being considered. South Africa this year has a record of five films being considered to represent the country.— Akin Omotoso, Director
WATCH: VAYA THE TRAILER
Listen to the full interview in the clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Local film Vaya may get an Oscar nod