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Supa Modo

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2018

Likarion Wainaina / Feature Narrative / Kenya, Germany / 2018 / 74 min / Colour / DCP / In English, Kikuyu, Swahili / Arabic, English subtitles / Middle East Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In this bittersweet, and heartfelt film, Jo, a bright nine-year-old girl is tragically diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her mother decides to take her back to their rural Kenyan village to live out the rest of her short life in relative comfort. Jo's main creative outlet during these dull days stuck in her house are her movies. Obsessed with superhero films, the walls of her bedroom are adorned with posters that inspire her to continue fighting. Inspired by what she sees, Jo fantasizes about being a real-life superhero herself; a dream that her sister and the rest of their village are determined to make a reality.

'Supa Moda' is a remarkable and inspiring achievement by first-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina with an emotional and sincere performance by newcomer Stycie Waweru. The film is an uplifting story about the power of imagination and the true strength of young people in the face of adversity.

About the Director

Likarion Wainaina is a Kenyan filmmaker, director and cinematographer. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines including shorts, documentaries, commercials and TV shows. His short film 'Between the Lines' was nominated at the 2015 AMCVA awards in the category of Best New Online Media. His most recent short, 'Bait' was selected as one of the top short films screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. 'Supa Moda' is his first feature film.


Likarion Wainaina
Mugambi Nthiga, Silas Miami, Wanjeri Gakuru, Kamau Wandung’u
Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Siobhain “Ginger” Wilson, Tom Tykwer, Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, Guy Wilson
Charity Kuria
Sean Peevers
Enos Olik
Sales Company
Rushlake Media
Production Company
ONE FINE DAY FILMS GmbH, Ginger Ink Films
Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia, Johnson Fish Chege, Humphrey Maina

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