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Supa Modo

‘So if you had one superpower, what would it be? Super Strength?’ · ‘No.’ · ‘Fighting Skills?’ · ‘That’s not a superpower.’ · ‘What then?’ · ‘Same as always, to fly.’

Nine-year-old Jo loves action films and dreams of being a superhero. Her biggest wish: to make a film and star in it. In her fantasy she can forget that she is terminally ill. When Jo’s sister can no longer bear seeing the cheerful girl spend her precious remaining time in bed, she encourages Jo to believe in her magic powers, and the whole village to make Jo’s dream a reality. This moving drama by Kenyan filmmaker Likarion Wainaina, created as part of a master class hosted by the German-Kenyan production collective One Fine Day Films/Ginger Ink, is about the power of the imagination and an unusual means of saying farewell.

Likarion Wainaina

Germany / Kenya 2018

Swahili, Kikuyu, English

74 min · Colour

recommendation: 9 years and up

World premiere


Stycie Waweru (Jo)
Nyawara Ndambia (Mwix)
Marrianne Nungo (Kathryn)
Johnson Chege (Mike)
Humphrey Maina (Pato)
Joseph Omari (Chairman)
Rita Njenga (Nyanya)
Dinah Githinji (Anne)
John Gathinya (Ozil)
Jubilant Elijah (Kush)


Likarion Wainaina
Mugambi Nthiga, Silas Miami, Wanjeri Gakuru, Kamau Wandung’u
Director of Photography
Enos Olik
Charity Kuria
Sound Design
Florian Holzner
Grishon Onyango
Production Design
Neha Manoj Shah
Scolastica Namwai
Victor Murigi
Kamau Wandung’u
Assistant Director
Ian Kithinji
Production Management
Edwin Kariuki
Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain "Ginger" Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Guy Wilson


Likarion Wainaina

This Kenyan filmmaker was born in Moscow, Russia but now lives in Nairobi where he works as a director and cinematographer. As a cameraman he has filmed documentaries and commercials, as a director he has worked on several TV shows and made a number of short films. One of his first, Between the Lines, was the first Kenyan film to projected on an IMAX screen in Kenya. More recently, his film Bait screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.


2013 Between the Lines; short film · The Friend; short film 2014 Before and After; short film · The Audition; short film 2015 Bait; short film 2016 Moving; short film 2018 Supa Modo

Produced by

One Fine Day Films
Berlin, Germany

Ginger Ink Films
Nairobi, Kenya

World sales

Rushlake Media
Köln, Germany
+49 221 58832180


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