Jo (Stycie Waweru) 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 (Marrianne Nungo), overprotective mother Kathryn (Nyawara Ndambia) and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfil...
Variety called it “a tender, bittersweet fable”; Toronto International Film Festival hailed it as "a stunning reminder of the power of imagination"; and The Seattle Times wrote, “I’m glad movie theaters are dark because I ugly-cried my way through all 74 minutes of Supa Modo. I straight-up bawled my eyes out… Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, Supa Modo is simultaneously crushing and uplifting.”
Supa Modo is directed by Kenyan Likarion Wainaina and produced by German director (and composer) Tom Twyker. Twyker is known for acclaimed films like Run Lola Run and Perfume and TV series like Babylon Berlin and Sense8, but his most important legacy may be setting up One Fine Day Films in 2008 with his wife Marie, who’d been teaching art in the schools and slums of Nairobi.
Their initial idea was to give African filmmakers an opportunity to write and produce their own stories, and, under the mentorship of experienced filmmakers, reach an international audience. Since then, One Fine Day Films, in cooperation with DW Akademie, has trained over 1 000 filmmakers from 21 African countries, and, with their Nairobi-based partner Ginger Ink, has released six award-winning feature films, including Soul Boy, which won the Audience Award at Rotterdam; Nairobi Half Life, which won AFI Fest's Breakthrough Audience Award; and Kati Kati, which won the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Toronto in 2016.
:: 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Winner of over 50 international awards
:: Best European Film For Children, European Children's Film Association, 2019
:: Generation 14Plus: Children's Jury Special Mention, Berlin, 2018
:: 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