Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition
Date: 21/03/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:05 pm

Here’s subject matter you won’t see in the cinema every day. Four refugees who left Zimbabwe for South Africa separately discovered wine and subsequently formed a friendship. And now, in this affectionate documentary, they are about to compete as the first Zimbabwean team in what is described as “the Olympics of wine tasting”. The Film won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.

What gives this familiar underdog story its satisfying emotional weight is the care that the film-makers take in tracing the journeys of Joseph, Pardon, Tinashe and Marlvin from desperate migrants to skilled sommeliers in some of South Africa’s top restaurants. It helps that they are an uncommonly decent and likable bunch. Marlvin, raised as a Pentecostal, giggles as he argues that, since Jesus turned water into wine, it must be OK to drink it. Serious, ambitious Joseph is diligent about passing on opportunities to the next wave of Zimbabwean refugees. It’s heartwarming, inspirational stuff.

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Blind Ambition

Year: 2021

Country: Australia

Cert: 12A

Duration: 96 mins

Dir: Robert Coe & Warwick Ross

How four refugees became world-class sommeliers.