NationalSawdust+ and Array present: A special screening of "Vaya" with Ava DuVernay + Akin Omotoso
with post-screening Q&A
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
On October 29, NationalSawdust+ and ARRAY present a special screening of Vaya, the stirring new film directed by filmmaker Akin Omotoso. Following the screening, ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay will talk with Omotoso about his suspenseful coming-of-age drama, which chronicles the innocence lost by three young South Africans who journey away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. The Nigerian filmmaker intertwines stories, based on real accounts, of strangers struggling to survive, culminating in an explosive moment. Vaya (the word pays homage to the Tsotsitaal namesake meaning “to go”) made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it garnered Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director.
Vaya is the nineteenth feature film acquisition of ARRAY, the film collective created in 2010. Like National Sawdust, which was created to support a diversity of composers and musicians, ARRAY champions varied voices and images in cinema; it is dedicated to the amplification of independent films by people of color and women filmmakers globally.
NationalSawdust+, a lively performance and conversation series curated by Elena Park, brings together luminaries from across disciplines to share their passion for music and explore ideas, making surprising connections. The series taps artists and thinkers from theater, film, visual art, literature, science, and beyond to create insightful, often topical, programs.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.