AYA is an independent feature that delves into the horrors of human trafficking. The film follows the anguish and resilience of AYA as she is dragged through the hell of being trafficked.

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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 very fast, 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.


AYA (Danica De La Rey) plans to meet with BAYODE (Richard Gau) whoshe’d meet online. This against the wishes and advice of her best friend PAMELA (Keketso Montshiwa) who decides for safety reasons to accompany Aya against her will. What they both don’t know is that Bayode has other plans. He is planning to take Aya and prepare her to be sold to MIKA (Charlie Bouguenon). 

When Bayodes’ plans are stifled by the presence of Pamela he has to take some drastic action to ensure he makes the sale. Over a period of 2 days using drugs and manipulation he chips away at Aya’s spirit before he has to deliver her to the buyer.