Jesse Auritt | USA | English | 80 min | Documentary


Great Neck Squire Cinemas Sun, Nov 5, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Documentary
Jewish Interest
Films with Q&As
NY Spotlight
Family Film
Release Year:2016
Running Time:80 minutes
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jessie Auritt
Producer:Jessie Auritt
Carmen Delaney
Production Company:Canada Film Capital
Cinematography:Carmen Delaney
Editing By:Erik Dugger
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Date Search:November 05, 2017
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When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon - and “Supergirl” is born. Naomi Kutin seems like a typical New Jersey Orthodox Jewish pre-teen until her extraordinary talent transforms the lives of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. Supergirl follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, to a changing body, and on top of that, health issues could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Can she still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records? With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside. Through highs and lows, this intimate documentary provides an insider's look at the path to success in a little-known sport, as well as the ways in which a close-knit Orthodox family balances life with a real-life superheroine.

Q&A with Director Jessie Auritt and "Supergirl" Naomi Kutin and her parents Ed and Neshama Kutin

JESSIE AURITT is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her short film, THE BIRDMAN, about the quirky owner of a used music store, premiered at DOC NYC in 2012 and was an official selection at festivals across the country and received numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Short Documentary at Slamdance in 2013. Jessie made her first film, THE PRICE OF EDUCATION, about a single mother struggling to provide a better future for her family, as an undergraduate at Tufts University. In addition to independent filmmaking, she has shot, edited, directed and produced videos for UNICEF,, and The New York Daily News, as well as many other companies and non-profit organizations. SUPERGIRL will mark Jessie’s debut as a feature film director and editor.