Supa Modo


Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 6:15 PM
Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Family Films
World Cinema
Running Time:78 min.
Director:Likarion Wainaina
Producer:Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Marie Steinmann-Tykwer
Tom Tykwer
Ginger Wilson
Guy Wilson
Screenwriter:Wanjeri Gakuru
Silas Miami
Kamau Wa Ndung'u
Mugambi Nthiga
Cinematographer:Enos Olik
Editor:Charity Kuria
Cast:Stycie Waweru
Marrianne Nungo
Nyawara Ndambia
Print Source:Juno Films
Note Writer:Deanna Quinones


Superhero dreams are the same in every language: rise, fly, vanquish, triumph! In this utterly charming and beautifully crafted family drama—which won awards at both the Berlin and Edinburgh International Film Festivals—these dreams color the days with joy and hope for a terminally ill girl in coastal Kenya. Home from the hospital, Jo (Stycie Waweru, in a brilliant debut) obediently takes her medicine and bundles herself in layers of blankets, even as the invisible foe she’s battling gains advantage. When left alone, she summons her mind’s powers, creating small bursts of supermagic. Her sister, Mwix, realizes what Jo needs most and sets about transforming their village into Jo’s own superhero realm. With brightly humorous homage to Hollywood and a wonderful view into vibrant community-strong village life, Supa Modo makes you believe—as the greatest tales do—in the superest power of all: love. Age 10+

Sponsored By:

In association with Children for Change

Additional Information

Nairobi-based filmmaker Likarion Wainaina is marking his seventh year working as a professional film and TV director and cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he has worked on a number of documentaries and commercials. As a director, he worked on TV shows and made a number of short films, including Between the Lines (2013), the first Kenya film projected in IMAX in that country and an AMCBA Awards nominee for Best New Online Media. He made his short film Bait (2015) at the 48Hour Film Festival, winning Best Director, Audience Choice, and Judges Choice awards. Supa Modo is his feature debut.