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Directed by Likarion Wainaina

Kenya, Germany 2018 74 mins. In English, Swahili, Kikuyu with subtitles

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 obsessive nine-year-old Jo 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, in an earnest performance by newcomer Stycie Waweru, the village members rally together to help Jo make a movie that ultimately immortalizes Jo as a superhero herself. A mostly self-taught filmmaker like the character Mike, Supa Modo is Wainaina’s debut feature and demonstrates both on-screen and through a surprisingly scrappy production, the resourcefulness of Kenyan communities and the healing power of cinema. Kenya’s foreign-language Oscar submission. Ages 9+.

Filmography: First feature

Sponsored by Hoxton Hotel and The Oregonian



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