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Netflix’s Cook Off – An authentically Zimbabwean no-budget romcom which can reinvigorate the film industry
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Arts and Culture Netflix’s Cook Off – An authentically Zimbabwean no-budget romcom which can reinvigorate the film industry

A pulsating, multi-layered, engaging narrative, endowed with that infectious Zimbabwean sensibility, with a mix of mbira music playing in the background; interspersed with the familiar high-rise Harare buildings iconography, the dusty streets of Budiriro high density suburb, Cook Off feels authentic to the Zimbabwean experience.

Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ — a towering portrait of a phenomenal woman
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Arts and Culture Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ — a towering portrait of a phenomenal woman

Becoming, review: Michelle Obama’s inspirational and poignant Netflix documentary — Becoming shows us at close quarters the minutiae traits of an exceptional woman. The eclectic film tells us her story and underlines Michelle’s charisma, and ability to connect with diverse people, regardless of race, class, gender or differing backstories.

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Fluid identities – life beyond virtual reality
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Arts and Culture Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Fluid identities – life beyond virtual reality

Virtual sex, techno-paranoia, the cyber city, second life, social media culture, sexual identity politics and debating the online self – these themes are a sure indication that Black Mirror, the anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, highlights key themes pertinent to our 21st century psyche and merits scholarly attention, writes Andrew Chatora