Screened as part of NZIFF 2021

Zola 2020

Directed by Janicza Bravo Spotlight

“Y'all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It's kind of long but full of suspense.” — @_zolarmoon

Nov 05

Embassy Theatre

Nov 11
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Light House Cinema Petone

Nov 12
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Embassy Theatre

Nov 20
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Reading Cinemas Porirua

Nov 24
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The Roxy Cinema 1

USA In English
90 minutes DCP




Taylour Paige
Riley Keough
Nicholas Braun
Ari'el Stachel
Colman Domingo


Christine Vachon
David Hinojosa
Gia Walsh
Kara Baker
Vince Jolivette
Elizabeth Haggard
Dave Franco


Janicza Bravo
Jeremy O. Harris. Based on the tweets by A'Ziah 'Zola' King and the article by David Kushner


Ari Wegner


Joi McMillon


Mica Levi


Sundance 2020


Presented in association with

Phantom Billstickers

Based on the infamous 2015 Twitter thread by A’Ziah ‘Zola’ King, Janicza Bravo’s Zola chronicles a 72-hour fever dream of a road trip in search of a quick fortune in Florida. After meeting Stefani (Riley Keough) during a waitressing shift, Zola (an inimitable Taylour Paige) and Stefani become fast friends. So fast that Zola agrees to join Stefani, her milquetoast boyfriend and their ‘roommate’ on an impromptu trip to Tampa the very next day to turn a quick buck in the local strip clubs. What’s the worst that could happen?

In David Kushner’s viral Rolling Stone article, 'Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted', Zola admitted to embellishing the more sensational details for entertainment value, but the core of this sordid tale remains true – though the parties involved have spun their side of the story in other corners of the internet, which the film nods to in a hilarious and bizarre cut-away moment. For Bravo, A’Ziah’s story provided "an entry point into something that maybe is too intimidating or too scary to even touch… She had us all having a conversation about something that we don't usually talk about because it's pretty easy to look away from."

A love letter to modern technology and retro cinema, it’s Spring Breakers meets Tangerine (NZIFF 2015) with a dash of 70s Blaxploitation. Zola is a compelling, wild, outrageous and, at times, upsetting work of comedy that is well worth the ride. — Kailey Carruthers