Jun 24, 2020
Zimbabwe's Cook Off: How a Netflix romcom was made for $8,000
Zimbabwe's first film to feature on streaming service Netflix is a romantic comedy about a struggling single mother who finds love and good fortune in a TV cooking show contest. With an all-Zimbabwean cast of young actors, veterans of the industry, and distinguished figures in music, comedy and poetry, Cook Off has battled the odds, winning awards at film festivals before attracting the attention of Netflix. "The road wasn't easy, like everything in Zimbabwe, it's a big fight, especially with the minimal resources that we had. Cook Off is a classic example of what collaboration can bring," he said. Njagu produced Cook Off with Tomas Lutuli Brickhill, who wrote and directed the film. Her success makes Cook Off a tale of hope, and the production of the film and the Netflix release is cause for optimism for the country's arts industry.
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