From writer/director Janicza Bravo and based on #TheStory by A’Ziah “Zola” King. Starring Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, and Colman Domingo. ZOLA – Now Available in Theaters and On Demand
Zola (stylized as @zola) is a 2020 American black comedy film based on a viral Twitter thread by Aziah “Zola” King and the resulting Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted” by David Kushner. Directed by Janicza Bravo, from a screenplay by Bravo and Jeremy O. Harris, it stars Taylour Paige as Zola, a part-time stripper who is convinced by her new friend (Riley Keough) to travel to Tampa, Florida, in order to earn money, only to get in over her head; Colman Domingo, Nicholas Braun, and Ari’el Stachel also star.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020, and was released in the United States on June 30, 2021 by A24, following a year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.