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Zimbabwe premieres first movie on Netflix

Zimbabwean film ‘Cook Off’  has premiered on Netflix on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The romantic movie is about a struggling single mother who finds love during a cooking competition, although with the debut, the makers of the movie hope it will propel the country’s small film sector to global audiences.

The producer, Joe Njagu said the film sought to project a different image.

With a production budget of only $8,000, Njagu said he used his personal relationships with the cast and crew to sign deferred contracts and to bring on board studio owners and equipment hire companies without making immediate payment.

The low budget film was shot in 2017 but very few people in Zimbabwe had heard of it, even after it won several awards at international film festivals, including in the Netherlands, Durban and United States.

Everything changed two and half months ago, when Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment streaming service with 189 million paid viewers, came knocking on the door.

The film creators are now in talks with Netflix about possible future productions while television stations in Europe, Africa, United States also want to air Cook Off.

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