Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.
From first-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina and co-producer Tom Tykwer comes this honest and inspiring story about the strength of young people in the face of adversity. Obsessed with Jackie Chan and action films, nine-year-old Jo dreams of being a superhero, but time is not on her side. When the doctors reveal that she is terminally ill, Jo leaves the hospital and returns home to be with her mom and sister. While her mom insists that she stay inside and rest, her sister has different plans. With the entire village's support, they decide to make dreams a reality and turn Jo into the superhero they know she is. Newcomer Stycie Waweru delivers a captivating and earnest performance, imbuing her character with a subtle strength that ignites the screen. This film is a stunning reminder of the power of imagination.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
JUST IN: 2018 Alexander Valley Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award - Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Swahili
Berlin International Film Festival (2018) - Crystal Bear - Special Mention -Generation Kplus - Best Feature Film
Cinetopia Film Festival (USA/Detroit/2018) - Audience Award - Foreign Narrative
Durban International Film Festival (2018) - Artistic Bravery Prize
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2018) - Best International Feature Film - Special Mention
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (2018)- Youth Jury Award
Seattle International Film Festival - GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD - BEST FILM
Subjects: African Studies, African Cinema, World Cinema
Institutional Licensing Options
DVD with PPR: $349
DVD with Digital Site License: $499
DVD with Digital Site License + Public Performance Rights: $599
ORIGINAL TITLE: Supa Modo
GENRE: Drama, Children & Youth
DURATION: 74 min.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swahili
DIRECTOR: Likarion Wainaina
WRITER: Mugambi Nthiga, Silas Miami, Wanjeri Gakura, Kamau Wandung‘u
CAST: Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia, Johnson Fish Chege
PRODUCTION: One Fine Days Films, Ginger Ink Films