Cook-Off The Movie features Tendaiishe ‘Tendai’ Chitima, popular hip-hop artist Tehn Diamond and the much-beloved Jessesi Mungoshi as the grandmother. The film was first screened in December 2017 at a homemade cinema on a Harare rooftop. Soon after, it was selected for the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), the first time a Zimbabwean film was screened at Rotterdam in 22 years.
The Zimbabwean film was directed by Thomas Brickhill and Joe Njagu but could only premiere at several Film Festivals without a proper screening until now. According to a tweet posted by the Film, they have managed to secure a spot for the feature film on the world’s largest streaming service Netflix but there is no actual date for when it will start showing on the platform yet.
*Drum roll please* 🥁🥁🥁
Cook Off is coming to @Netflix!
HUGE moment for cast & crew – THANK YOU all who supported us & cheered us on! The release date is #ComingSoon
— Cook Off the Movie (@CookOffZim) May 9, 2020
The feature film which tells the story of a single mother who enters a reality cooking show was completed with less than US$8,000.
Zimbabwe has faced continuous economic collapse since the 1990s which has affected a lot of the country’s different sectors without sparing the Arts industry.