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Run Time: 80 minutes
The mental image of a world-class powerlifter isn’t typically a ten-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey. Nevertheless, Naomi Kutin is “Supergirl.” As an eight-year-old karate standout, Naomi had an extraordinary strength within her, unmatched by anyone else her age. Recognizing this, her father introduced her to powerlifting, a sport he had pursued for more than 30 years making it the lifeblood of the family. At just 97 pounds, Naomi was fierce, unstoppable… and setting and breaking her own world records all before the eighth grade. But when her fearless, unshakable “Supergirl” ego lies dormant, Naomi’s awkward, uncertain sense of self kicks in, leaving her vulnerable to online criticisms of her superhuman strength, body image issues, and the inescapable growing pains of puberty. Marked by a coming-of-age bat mitzvah, SUPERGIRL bends the rules of expectations for young girls everywhere. Consider this one less glass ceiling to be shattered. —A.B.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 6:40 PM
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 11:45 AM
JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS
THE SPORTS SECTION
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Recommended for High School Students +
Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Jessie Auritt holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University. She is a documentary filmmaker, video producer, editor, and founder of 3 See Films based in Brooklyn, New York.
Jessie Auritt, Carmen Delaney, Justin Levy
Jessie Auritt, Erik Dugger