Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, until her extraordinary weight lifting talent changes her life and that of her family. 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, and health issues. This at times disturbing film is a fascinating expose of the challenges and consequences of high-level athletic competition. Film will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Carolyn Braun and Su Langdon of Bates College. Free. If you have not signed up on-line you can still attend — just come to the JCA in time for the program.
Free admission and program made possible by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust.
“a really wonderful documentary that made me feel like I’m actually with this family rather than watching them” ThatMomentIn.com Review
“Mesmerizing” Village Voice
“a film about creating one’s own identity” The Forward
Documentary / Dir: Jessie Auritt / Canada / 2016 / 80 min
Slamdance Film Festival; Twin Cities Film Fest; Cleveland International Film Festival; Cucalourus Film Festiva; DocNYC; Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival