Film

Blind Ambition

Date
Fri 14 October
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £6

Director: Robert Coe, Warwick Ross (Australia, 2021)
Certification: 12 | 1 h 36 min | Documentary | Language: English, Shona, French with English subtitles

This immensely enjoyable documentary profiles the unique lives of four sommeliers as they travel to France to enter the World Wine Tasting Championship.

Joseph, Marlvin, Pardon and Tinashe are refugees who escaped violence in Zimbabwe to build new lives in neighbouring South Africa. Each of them struggled in the new country, facing prejudice and economic hardship as they supported their families. Finding jobs as waiters, each soon discovered a taste for the complex subtleties of wine. They all committed themselves to the art and ascended to the rank of sommelier, and after meeting each other, they decided to form a team to enter the Olympics of the winetasting world in France.

Warwick Ross and Robert Coe’s corker of a film charts Joseph, Marlvin, Pardon and Tinashe’s lives through interviews with the men and their families. The dangers each faced make their journey to France all the more extraordinary. No less moving is the team’s pride in their Zimbabwean roots, representing their country on the world stage and offering a different perspective on a country torn apart by conflict. 

A truly heart-warming documentary that will show you just how unshakable the human spirit can be.

★★★★ It’s impossible not to smile along with this feelgood documentary…It’s almost too perfectly contoured as a Hollywood narrative” – The Guardian 

With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

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