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This Film About Zimbabwe's First Wine Tasting Olympics Team Will Premier At 2021 Tribeca Film Festival


Blind Ambition, an Australian produced documentary about the inspiring story of four Zimbabweans namely Tinashe Nyamudoka, Tongai Joseph Dhafana, Marlvin Gwese and Pardon Tagazu who formed Zimbabwe’s first Wine Tasting Olympics team in 2017, will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival, among non-fiction film selections. The festival will take place in New York City from June 9–20.

The four Zimbabwean guys arrived separately in South Africa from a non-wine culture with nothing, taking menial jobs before working their way up in hospitality and showing an uncanny aptitude for wine.

Zimbabwe became the 27th nation to join the World Blind Tasting Competition, which were held in Burgundy on 14 October 2017. They came 23rd and scored 46 points

The team was sponsored through a crowdfunding initiative and Tongai Joseph Dhafana was their captain

'Blind Ambition' was directed by Robert Coe, Warwick Ross, written by Warwick Ross, Robert Coe, Paul Murphy, Madeleine Ross. Produced by Warwick Ross, Robert Coe. (Australia)

Coe and Ross said to premiere at Tribeca was “absolutely thrilling.”

“We are truly grateful to Tinashe, Joseph, Marlvin and Pardon for letting us into their lives and giving us the opportunity to bring their inspiring underdog story to the screen,” they said in a joint statement.

“Their talent, perseverance and relentless optimism showed us just how irrepressible the human spirit can be and we can’t wait to share their journey with the Tribeca audience and Australian audiences soon after.”


The Tribeca Film Festival is an annual film festival organized by Tribeca Enterprises. It takes place each spring in New York City, showcasing a diverse selection of film, episodic, talks, music, games, art, and immersive programming. Tribeca was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2002 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Each year the festival hosts over 600 screenings with approximately 150,000 attendees, and awards independent artists in 23 juried competitive categories


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