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DIRECTOR : Khalid EL-Jelailati
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 60min

Nu Metro 5, 10 Oct @ 6pm | 12 Oct @ 2.30pm


Written in 2 Days
Filmed in 3 Days

‘AYA’ is a film that follows the anguish and resilience of Aya Seniya (Danica Del Ray) as she is dragged through the hell of being trafficked by Boyade Van Cleef(Richard Gau) who she meets online. This will be the first feature film offering from IMAGE STATE FILMS an exciting new Johannesburg based Motion Picture and Television studio.

This dark thriller from Screenwriter, Director and Producer Khalid El-Jelailati serves as a meditation on the reality and consequences of human trafficking. A spiraling narrative that delves into a world of deception, manipulation and violence. Staying true to the stories that are taking place in our society, where young women and children are being trafficked and we’re still unable to prevent it, quite the opposite – things seem to be getting worse.

This project is a first of its kind in South Africa, a fully independent, micro-budget film that was written in 2 Days, prepped in 5 Days and filmed over 3 Days. Our aim is to prove that creating a micro-budget, quality feature film with minimal resources is absolutely possible for anyone who dares to try. 


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With years of experience as a Director, Screenwriter, Producer and Entrepreneur, Khalid has an authentic filmic style, shaped by his love for classic cinema. Having been raised between two cultures, that of Lebanon and South Africa – which informs his strong visual identity that is dynamic, traditional and uniquely emotive. “The most important elements of cinema for me is story and character. A great combination of both gives you a film that’s captivating, thought provoking, and sophisticated.”