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
International Film Festival Berlin 2018 – Gerneration Kplus.
Zlín Film Festival 2018 – Golden Slipper – for the Best Feature Film for Children and Ecumenical Jury Award.
Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2018 – Score Bernhard Wicki Preis in Gold und AOK-Filmpreis.
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