It feels a little cheap to compare this documentary with the old John Candy joint Cool Runnings—if nothing else, because this is about Zimbabwean sommeliers, not Jamaican bobsledders—but it’s difficult to gainsay the similarities in tone and catharsis. Call it a necessary evil of the marketing machine: if you like uplifting against-all-odds underdog stories, you’ll almost certainly enjoy Blind Ambition.

Directed by Robert Coe and Warwick Ross—Ross co-directed the 2013 wine doco Red Obsession, while Coe was executive producer—Blind Ambition follows the fortunes of four Zimbabwean men Pardon Taguzu, Joseph Dhafana, Marlvin Gwese, and Tinashe Nyamudoka as they prepare for a run at the 2017 World Blind Wine Tasting Championships (WBWTC) in Burgundy, essentially the Plonk Olympics.


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