Special Mention for ‘SUPA MODO’ at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlinale

February 24, 2018: SUPA MODO has been honored with a Special Mention for an outstanding achievement by the Children’s Jury Generation Kplus at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlin International Film Festival.

The film is an inspiring story about a young girl dreaming of becoming a Superhero. The debut feature film by Kenyan director Likarion Wainaina celebrated its world premiere at the section Generation Kplus.

Extract from the jury statement: “This film tells the story of a mortally ill girl in a touching and gripping manner. Featuring convincing performances and a varied backdrop, the film shows the resourcefulness of the girl and the humanity and strong willpower of the entire village in their efforts to make the last months of her life something special.”

Director: Likarion Wainaina
Kenya / Germany – 2018 – 77 minutes – Cinemascope – 24fps – DCP
Swahili, English & Kikuyu with English and German subtitles
ONE FINE DAY FILMS in co-production with GINGER INK FILMS AFRICA in association with DW AKADEMIE
The production of SUPA MODO has kindly been supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ), the Goehde Foundation and ARRI Media.

The Film
Jo, a witty 9-year old girl, loves films and superheroes. Whenever Mike, a local VJ, shows up with action films, she is utterly taken in. After these events she, full of energy, inspires the other kids to imitate scenes they have seen – and it is unquestionable, that Jo always plays the superhero. The kids are in a children’s hospital and the screenings are a welcome change.
Jo is terminally ill and one day, her mother Kathryn takes her back to her rural village to spend the rest of her short life with her family. Without her friends from the hospital she drifts off into daydreams of being a real female superhero, a dream which proves to be something, her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, her overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think, they can fulfill. They all work together to let her last wish come true.
Stycie Waweru is giving a touching debut in the role as Jo. Together with director Likarion Wainaina in SUPA MODO they create a moving picture about the power of imagination, the solacing power of cinema and a community growing together closer in trying to give comfort.

The Director
Likarion Wainaina is a Kenyan Filmmaker born in Moscow, Russia, who lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. As a professional Film/TV Director and Cinematographer he worked as well at various productions as on a number of documentaries and commercials. Furthermore he directed TV shows – both Drama and Sitcoms – that are currently gracing local TV stations in Kenya. His short film BETWEEN THE LINES became the first Kenyan Film to be projected on an IMAX screen in Kenya. At the 48Hour Film Festival 2015 he and his team worked on the film BAIT, which was selected as one of the top short films and screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.

SUPA MODO is sold internationally by Rushlake Media. The company’s sales focus is on high quality African films and with an African context. The line-up includes international hits like NAIROBI HALF LIFE, KATI KATI (FIPRESCI Discovery Award Toronto Int. Film Festival 2016), CAHIER AFRICAN (German Film Award as Best Documentary 2017) and most recently GLOBAL FAMILY (Best Documentary Award Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2018).

Festival rights for SUPA MODO are represented by The Festival Agency, Paris.

„Einer der interessantesten, kraftvollsten Filme im Kplus-Programm“ [One of the most interesting, powerful movies in the Kplus program], artechock
„Das wunderbare an Supa Modo ist die Ehrlichkeit seiner Phantasie“ [The wonderful thing about Supa Modo is the honesty of its imagination], Kino-zeit.de
„Rasant, liebevoll – und natürlich auch traurig, aber dabei nie kitschig oder deprimierend“ [Dynamic, loving – and of course also sad, but never cheesy or depressing], rbb24.de

Press material is available at the Berlinale press service.