ZamFest to celebrate film, football, food

LUSAKA – Film, football and food will be among the highlights of the Zambeef-sponsored Zamfest festival in Lusaka in April.
The country’s largest food processing company will be using the festival as a platform to launch DVD sales of the e18hteam documentary that chronicles the journey of Zambian football from the tragedy of 1993 to the triumph of the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) in 2012.
The country’s hottest music artistes will also be performing at the event at the Lusaka Showgrounds on April 18; these include Pompi, Wilz, Cactus Agony, Maureen Lilanda and Sebastian Dutch.
“Zambeef is celebrating the launch of the DVD that chronicles a key part of our nation’s history; and when Zambians celebrate they bring together food, music and football, as well as fun,” said Zambeef head of marketing and corporate affairs Felix Lupindula.
Zambeef spent K1.5 million to support the award-winning e18hteam movie that captures the passion, excitement and national pride of the Zambian football team, which charts the fortunes of the national Chipolopolo team – from the lows of the 1993 Gabon air crash to the highs of the 2012 AfCON victory.
“This movie goes to the heart of the nation’s love of soccer and documents an important part of our history, and for this reason Zambeef has been proud to support the project, encouraging a young Zambian film maker and ensuring that this story is preserved for future generations,” said Zambeef joint chief executive officer Carl Irwin.
The e18hteam documentary is the work of producer, Ngosa Chungu and Spanish writer, director and co-producer Juan Rodriguez-Briso. It follows themes of Zambian pride, spirit, sportsmanship and perseverance as the country went from losing 18 national players in a tragic plane crash (1993) to the hard-won victory in 2012.
The Zamfest, as the chosen launch event, promises the most exciting chefs from across Africa, 50 world class pop-up restaurants, more than 100 international and local types of cuisine to sample, the best of local and international music acts, and a wide selection of local and exotic beverages.  To add to the event will be a “knock-out round” football competition, made up of eight amateur teams. The winners receiving a cash prize and the opportunity to face-off against five of Zambia’s current football stars.  Other event day competitions will include a Best Braai competition and an attempt at breaking a world record, yet to be disclosed.
“Zambeef has invested in both the documentary and the Zamfest because it believes in the potential effect they can have to change Zambian life for the better,” Lupindula said. “In much the same way that a nation can come together for their team and a family can come together around food, we are excited to see One Zambia share in our celebration of life and put Zambia on the map with an international standard festival.” – LANGMEAD & BAKER

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