By Margaretta wa Gacheru (posted 3 October 2018)
When the news broke this past weekend that ‘Supa Modo’ not ‘Rafiki’ would represent Kenya at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards, Kenyans had to be elated for Likarion Wainaina and his ‘Supa Modo’ cast and crew.
But many of us also wish that the Kenya Film Commission’s Oscar Selection Committee could have submitted two, not just one outstanding film in the category of ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. That’s because we loved ‘Rafiki’ and hoped its seven-day screening would ensure it was going all the way to Tinsel town.
It may seem a small consolation that Rafiki broke box office records during the past week when it was shown not just in Nairobi as was the original plan. But due to popular demand, it was also screened in Kisumu and Mombasa. In all it showed in six cinemas.
But what’s most gratifying to see is the way filmmakers Wanuri and Likarion have praised and congratulated one another. Each has confirmed their feeling of unity as Kenyans and both want the best for their films.
Their spirit of unity as award-winning Kenyan filmmakers stands in sharp contrast to Ezekiel Mutua’s glee expressed on his Facebook page over ‘Rafiki’s not being the pick of the Oscar Selection Committee - Kenya.
The irony of Dr. Mutua’s caustic comments is that social media has been actively contending that September 26th was his last day as Kenya Film Classification Board’s CEO. That is to say his three year contract is to have expired then. The story is unconfirmed, but Kenyans know ‘where there’s smoke there is fire.’
In any case, Kenyans should be thrilled that they have another opportunity to see ‘Supa Modo’ from today, October 5th through next Thursday, October 11th when the multiple award-winning film will be shown every day at Prestige Plaza.
The film which Likarion says has currently won 21 film awards across 30 film festivals thus far, is a must-see for all Kenyans. Supa Modo is an enchanting story about a mom (Marrianne Nungo) who wants to do her best for her child (Stycie Waweru) who’s got a terminal disease.
Brilliantly made, the film allows one to laugh and weep at the same time. It’s a tear-jerker but it’s also infused with so much childlike joy and innocence that you can’t help falling for this marvelous movie.
Both Supa Modo and Rafiki confirm Kenya’s got a great future in film.