First-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina and co-producer Tom Tykwer (RUN LOLA RUN) tell an uplifting story about the strength of young people despite facing one of life’s most difficult and profound challenges. Jo, a terminally ill nine-year-old girl, is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Obsessed with Jackie Chan and action films, Jo dreams of being a superhero despite time not being on her side. While her protective mother Kathryn insists that she stay inside and rest, Jo’s rebellious teenaged sister Mwix has different plans. Orchestrating the entire village’s support, she decides to make Jo’s dream a reality and turn her into the superhero they know she is. Child actress Stycie Waweru delivers a captivating and earnest performance imbuing her character with a subtle strength. Kenya’s submission for the 2019 Best Foreign-Language Oscar. In English and in Kikuyu and Swahili with English subtitles. Unrated. 74 min.
Screened as part of our winter film series, Cinema Explorations.