When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon and Supergirl is born.

Naomi Kutin lifting weights
Independent Lens
Premiere Date
December 18, 2017
90 minutes

Jessie Auritt

Jessie Auritt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her short film, The Birdman, screened at festivals around the country and received multiple awards, including the Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for Short Documentary in 2013. In addition to independent filmmaking, she has shot, edited, directed, and produced videos for Show more UNICEF,, the New York Daily News, and many other companies and nonprofit organizations. Jessie is an alumni of the IFP Documentary Lab and a member of the women’s filmmaker group, Film Fatales. Supergirl is Jessie’s debut as a feature film director. Show less


Justin Levy

Justin Levy is a freelance film producer and writer working in documentary and narrative film. He is currently the associate producer for Scared, a feature documentary for PBS by Academy Award-winning director Thomas Lennon. He worked with director Marshall Curry on his latest documentary, Point and Shoot, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Show more Documentary at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, released theatrically in over 75 cities, and aired on PBS, BBC, and other networks worldwide. His narrative work includes the features Valedictorian(Rotterdam, 2015) and I Used To Be Darker (Sundance and Berlin, 2013). Show less


Carmen Delaney

Carmen Delaney is a NY & LA based cinematographer, known for her unique narrative approach to shooting documentaries. Her work has been screened at film festivals around the world. Delaney has shot corporate, industrial and commercial work for clients such as Google, Adobe, HP, AirBnB, Puma, Sephora, Chase, Pfizer and The City of New York. She is a Show more fellow of CIFF’s Points North Fellowship, Film Independent’s Fast Track program and Doc Lab, IFP’s Spotlight on Documentaries and Documentary Labs and she is currently a 2016 Project Involve Fellow. Show less

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The Film

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, and health issues which 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.