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Supa Modo – It takes a village to raise a child

Mandimby Maharo, Talent Press

22 July | 16:00 | Suncoast Casino Cinema 5

The African tenet, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is at the centre of Likarion Wainaina first feature Supa Modo. This Kenyan drama is a fruit of the long-time collaboration between Kenyan Ginger Ink and German One Fine Day Films productions.

In many ways, Jo is like most kids her age. She likes superhero movies and dreams of becoming the hero of the village. However, the nine years old girl is facing a big challenge; she has terminal cancer. Instead of treating the disease, her loving and overprotective mother prefers to make sure that Jo’s short life is a happy one. With the help of her other daughter Mwix, she conspires with the villagers to make Jo’s dream come true.

With an unassuming but genius script by a group of screen writers, Supa Modo infuses comedy into a heartbreaking story. With Stycie Waweru’s impressive performance as Jo, Supa Modo draws the viewers into her dreams and let us undergo her imaginary world.

In the same way, Supa Modo – despite being a superhero film - communicates without spectacular visual or other effects. But what it lacks in that regard, it gains in depth. Through considerate cinematography and perfect choice of music, it connects the viewer with the lively and innocent Jo.

Supa Modo is an emotional meaningful story. At the same time as the film reminds us that we need super heros – especially small girls, it also says that the super heroes are among us. African girls can be super heroes too. All it takes is for the rest of us – the village - to help them believe in their dream.

Written by Mandimby Maharo

DIFF runs from 19 to 29 July in various venues across Durban.

This story emanates from the Talent Press, an initiative of Talents Durban in collaboration with FIPRESCI and the Goethe-Institut. The views of this article reflect the opinions of the film critic, reviewer Mandimby Maharo https://www.berlinale-talents.de/bt//talent/mandimbijaonaandriamaharo-razafimanantsoa/profile