(Naomi Kutin, et al / DVD / NR / (2016) 2018 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon -- and Supergirl is born!
DVD Verdict: Naomi Kutin seems like a typical 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 health issues that could jeopardize her future in powerlifting.
'Supergirl' is a truly uplifting (ok, all pun intended there, sorry!) documentary about an all-American girl who has extraordinary physical strength.
But what 'Supergirl' strives to accomplish over its 79 minutes is to try and answer such questions as: What makes Kutin REALLY unique? What we discover, and very quickly, is that Kutin's family recognizes her unique talents, and supports her as she finds delight in this ability.
Also, Kutin shows determination, courage, and personal toughness when it comes to recognizing the value of this blessing. Add to that, that Kutin finds a way to cultivate and grow even more strength from her unique faith and sporting communities, and the ingredients for 'Supergirl,' let alone all your answers for the subtext, are lovingly, and perfectly all now brought to the fore.
People are spiritual beings living within a physical reality. Some will see a powerful child, and say she is freakishly powerful for a child. Some will see a powerful girl, and say she is oddly powerful for a girl. Some will see a strong Jew, and say it is odd for a Jew to be so powerful.
Ultimately, Kutin shows that she fosters and grows her own abilities according to the work and determination that she desires, and THAT is what makes her powerful. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.