June 20, 2018
Playing as part of Best of SIFF. In this beautiful, bittersweet, and profound film from Kenya, a town comes together to make the wishes of a terminally ill young girl come true-help her achieve her dreams of becoming a superhero through the magic of cinema.
SIFF 2018 (Audience Favorite)
Sometimes it takes a village to make our dreams come true. Jo is a nine-year-old who is obsessed with superheroes and dreams of becoming one, as it would help overcome her diagnosis of a terminal illness. Unable to force Jo to spend her remaining days in bed, her town community comes together to support her belief in her superpowers. Initially a tight jar lid needs her "super strength," but soon her abilities to stop a purse-snatcher gives rise to her starring in her own superhero film. This bittersweet and tremendously moving drama from first-time director Likarion Wainaina is built entirely on the shoulders of newcomer Stycie Waweru as Jo. Her presence as a strong young girl finding her power(s) against insurmountable odds turns every audience (whether young or old) into a community that is rooting for her superhero immortality. Imagination is a powerful thing, and Supa Modo-and cinema as shared artistic experience-affords the ability to harness a spirit that truly lives forever. Not all heroes have capes, but Jo sure does, and her powers are more inspiring than any of today's superhero-based special effects blockbusters.
Passionate about creating new worlds and delving into their idiosyncrasies, Kenyan-born Likarion Wainaina got his start as a theater actor and has worked his way into filmmaking with a keen eye for detail. He left a historic mark on his hometown by having one of his first films, Between the Lines (2013), screened on an IMAX projection in Kenya, being the first film to ever do so.
- Director: Likarion Wainaina
- Principal Cast: Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia
- Country: Kenya, Germany
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 74 minutes
- Producer: Sarika Hemi Lekhani, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer
- Screenplay: Wanjeri Gakuru, Gathoni Kamau
- Cinematographers: Enos Olik, Volker Tittel
- Editors: Christian Kramer, Charity Kuria
- Music: Sean Peevers
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: Swahili, Kikuyu, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes