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Screenies Session 10: Supa Modo (Feature)


Fri 12 Jul 2019, 4:00pm–5:15pm

Where: MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Screenies

Session 10: 4 pm | 8+
Supa Modo
Kenya / Germany – 2018 – 74 minutes
Swahili, English & Kikuyu with English subtitles

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.

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.

"Balancing sadness with comedy and with a great cast, especially Stycie Waweruwho plays Jo, she lights up the screen and is able to see and understand what is happening to her but her illness isn’t going to stop her from having fun." - Katie Hogan, Vulture Hound

"A love letter to the power of escapism, a devastating portrayal of grief and a Kenyan family drama that defies stereotypes, Supa Modo serves as an important reminder that even when heroes die, they can continue to inspire others long after they’re gone." - David Opie

"Enchanting and inspiring, Supa Modo does not wallow in sadness, it encourages us to find the strength to overcome it." Courtney Small (Cinema Access)


Children's Film Festival Seattle 2019 - Favorite Live Action Feature Award
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award – Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Swahili
Berlin International Film Festival 2018 – Crystal Bear – Special Mention – Generation Kplus – Best Feature Film
Cinetopia Film Festival 2018 – Audience Award – Foreign Narrative
Durban International Film Festival 2018 – Artistic Bravery Prize
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 – Best International Feature Film – Special Mention
Emden International Film Festival 2018 – AOK Film Award and SCORE Bernhard Wicki Award
Kino W Trampkach (Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival for Children and Youth) 2018 –Best Children’s Film
Kristiansand International – Children’s Film Festival 2018 – EFCA Award
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2018 – Youth Jury Award
Molodist International Film Festival 2018 – Special Jury Diploma – Teen Screen Competition
Seattle International Film Festival – Nominee for the GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST FILM
Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018 – The Golden Dhow – Best Feature Film and European African
Film Festival Award + Verona Jury Award – Best Film from East Africa
Jozi Film Festival – Audience Choice Award
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2018 – Golden Slipper – Best Feature Film for Children and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
KIJUKO Bremer Kinder und Jugendfilmfestival 2018 – Special Mention
Kino Dzieci Kids Festival – Fern Flower Award
MICHEL Kinderfilmfestival Hamburg 2018 – Michel Award
Montreal Black Film Festival – Best narrative feature award
Schlingel 2018 – Förderpreis der DEFA-Stiftung and Goethe Award – Jugend- und Kinderfilmpreis
Cape Town International Film Market and Festival – Best New Director for Likarion Wanaina
Filmz Festival des Deutschen Kinos – Mainzer Rad award
14th Rolan International Film Festival For Children and Youth in Armenia – Childrens Jury Award Best long feature Film
JCC Carthage Film Festival in Tunesia – Best Screenplay Award

PG parental guidance recommended for younger viewers | International Feature |74 mins

Koha entry
Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut

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