Monday, January 16, 2023

Film Review: Blind Ambition (2017) by Warwick Ross, Robert Coe, ****


Four Zimbabwean refugees who were forced to flee their home country in search of a better life become Africa's best and most unlikely sommeliers and compete in the World Wine Blind Tasting Championships - the Olympics of the wine world.

"Blind Ambition" follows four friends who have conquered the odds to become South Africa's top sommeliers after escaping starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and a sense of national pride, they form Zimbabwe's first national wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of "World Wine Tasting Champions."
(Rotten Tomatoes)


The disaster that their government produced in Zimbabwe led droves to emigrate to neighbouring South Africa as the only option to survive. 

Many crossed the border as illegal aliens and ended up doing menial jobs but a few emerged with new careers. The four kids whose adventures are the subject of this documentary must rank among the top achievers in this group. It is in a way amazing that despite their running from a rotten dictatorship they still want to represent their country in an international contest.

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