Kenyan production “Supa Modo” is pulling out all the stops for an Oscar nod.
The touching story about a young terminally ill girl has received lots of attention locally and internationally. With over 21 awards since it’s release in February 2018, the biggest acknowledgment from the global film industry would be its nomination in the Foreign Language category at the 91st Oscars.
Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o was present at the movie’s screening in Los Angeles, to co-sign the Kenyan production. Offering her support for the Likarion Wainaina-directed film, Nyongo’o is no stranger to receiving international recognition for her craft. The “12 Years A Slave” star won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for the role and has continued to 9 more awards since.
“Supa Modo” is not the only Kenyan film to receive major acclaim this year. Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” also received the Silver Q-Hugo Film Award at Chicago Film Festival 2018 on October 20, 2018. The award given is to films honor films featuring LGBT stories and perspectives. The controversial also film stirred up a conversation at a special screening at the International Film Festival of Marrakech 2018 that runs from November 30th and is set to end on 8th December 2018.
Wildlife conservation film “Sudan: The Last Male Standing” is also up for a Slamdance Film Festival award in 2019. The film is the only African film nominated in the Documentary Feature category.