Directed by Likarion Wainaina
Kenya, Narrative, 2018, 74 mins., in English, Kikuyu, and Swahili with English subtitles
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. (program concludes at 11:05 a.m.)
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. (inside the Portland Art Museum)
Themes & Subjects: Kenyan Culture, Power of Art, Power of Film, Adolescence, Family Relations, Death & Dying
Synopsis: Sometimes a little escapism is just what the doctor ordered. Equally a superhero flick, a comedy about grief, and a family drama, Supa Modo focuses on superhero- and action-film-obsessed nine-year-old Jo (earnestly performed by newcomer Stycie Waweru), who dreams of the supernatural but whose terminal illness brings her home to spend her last moments surrounded by friends and family. Motivated by the young heroine’s strong spirit and imagination, the village members rally together to help Jo make a movie that ultimately immortalizes her as a superhero. A mostly self-taught filmmaker, Supa Modo is Wainaina’s debut feature and demonstrates on-screen—and through its surprisingly scrappy production—the resourcefulness of Kenyan communities and the healing power of cinema.
Kenya’s foreign-language Oscar submission.
Resources for teachers:
CNN video interview with Director.
Video about making-of and African film culture.