#DIFF First post-Mugabe Zimbabwean film to premiere in Durban

27 July 2018

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Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's first post-Robert-Mugabe-era feature film – titled Cook Off will have its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) at the weekend.

Mugabe, 94, was ousted in November last year after a military intervention in the troubled country he ruled with an iron fist for 38 years.

Cook Off follows the journey of Anesu, a down-on-her-luck single mother from Harare’s Budiriro township who becomes a national sensation after she qualifies for Zimbabwe’s top reality TV cooking show, but then finds herself out of her depth battling against professional chefs.

The feel-good film was completed with less than US$8,000 – surviving relentless cash, power and water shortages, riots, police harassment, and the devastating consequences of a countrywide economic crisis. Read the original article on IoL here.