I am a very emotional person and expressing my emotions has never been something I am shy about. The waterworks flow when I am in that head space. I was excited when I first heard of Supa Modo. Another Kenyan story told by Kenyans. And it had me all up in my feelings.
It has been almost good these last couple of years for the Kenyan film industry save for Ezekiel Mutua and his morality campaign against literally everything Kenyans do. Despite the challenges, Kenyan filmmakers have decided to step their game a notch higher and tell our stories our way.
Supa Modo is one such story. Directed by the extraordinary director, Likarion Wainaina, this movie is simply a masterpiece. This was not surprising because I have had the privilege of seeing some of his earlier work. Must be the perks of knowing him personally. Consider that a humble brag, LOL. This movie exceeded my expectations.
Today we are doing things a little different. What I will share are some of the things you should look forward to as you prepare to go watch this dope movie. Promise, there are no spoilers.
Kenya has some amazing talent and Supa Modo is proof of this. You will see some familiar faces when it comes to the adults in this film. They are not the subject here. The kids are everything. The kids did a great job and I am sure this was the first time acting for most of them. I wonder how they managed to keep so many kids in check as well as have them deliver. They will surprise you.
First, the story itself is compelling and will have you on the edge of your seat. You have probably already read a couple of pieces about it online but trust me nothing will prepare you. ‘Supa Modo tells the inspiring story of a young girl (Jo), whose dream of becoming a super-heroine is threatened by a terminal illness, inspiring her village to rally together to make her dream come true.’ Does not even begin to capture the story behind Supa Modo.
The script has a strong backstory and is very inclusive. The team behind it, Mugambi Nthiga, Wanjeri Gakuru, Kamau Wandung’u and Silas Miami, did a great job.
This movie was shot on a beautiful backdrop that reminds you just how beautiful this country is. Every shot is deliberate as well as serves as a reminder that this is a Kenyan film. The green from the trees and plantation, the hills, hell they even made your normal tarmac road look sexy. Every scene was a breath of fresh air. The colors were literally popping, left right and center.
Yes, I know I cry at everything but this one time I was not alone. It was everyone in the cinema hall. Well, those not afraid to admit they feel. There was no dry eye in that audience. The feels had taken over.
Supa Modo tells an emotional story so you had better carry loads of tissue and some powder to touch up on your makeup once the movie is over. At one point it was just a well. You’d have thought someone left the tap running and forgot about it.
There are so many other aspects of this film that you will enjoy but these 4 were my highlights. The soundtracks are on point and you will like how they sneak up on you from time to time.
The one thing I would like to add is how bad I feel for the people who do not understand Swahili because as much as you will have subtitles, I always feel like some words get watered down in translation and you don’t get the full effect of the emotions behind certain expressions. Sorry.
Supa Modo will kick off the first day of the Nairobi Film Festival, #NBOFilmFest on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at Prestige Cinema. Other films will be featured in the festival including the eagerly awaited romantic comedy Disconnect.
You can find all the details of the festival here.
I also did a vlog, so if you are down for first hand reactions, you can watch it below.