SUPA MODO :: A Likarion Wainaina feature film


Jo is a witty nine-year-old terminally ill girl obsessed with Jackie Chan movies. When she is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life, her only comfort is her dream of being a superhero - a dream her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfil...


:: Best European Film For Children, European Children's Film Association, 2019
:: Generation 14Plus: Children's Jury Special Mention, Berlin, 2018
:: Winner of over 50 international awards
:: 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Best Screenplay, Carthage, 2018
:: Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series in Swahili, Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, 2018
:: Artistic Bravery Prize, Durban, 2018
:: Special Mention: Best International Feature, Edinburgh, 2018
:: Golden Dhow: Best Film, Zanzibar, 2018
:: Best Film From East Africa, Zanzibar, 2018
:: Audience Award, Jozi Film Festival, 2018
:: Best New Director, Cape Town International Film Festival, 2018
:: Kenya's Oscar entry, 2019


"A tender, bittersweet fable..." Variety

"I'm glad movie theatres are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of Supa ModoI straight-up bawled my eyes out... Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting." Seattle Times

"A love letter to cinema..." Awards Circuit

"A stunning reminder of the power of imagination." Toronto International Film Festival

"The most important superhero film you'll see this year... A love letter to the power of escapism." Little White Lies

"A brilliant, beautifully written film..." Black Girl Nerds 


:: Director: Likarion Wainaina
:: Writer: Wanjeri Gakuru, Silas Miami, Kamau Wa Ndung'u, Mugambi Nthiga
:: Production companies: One Fine Day Films & Ginger Ink


:: Jo: Stycie Waweru 
:: Mwix: Marrianne Nungo
:: Kathryn: Nyawara Ndambia