Meet the Orthodox Jewish Preteen who has been Breaking Powerlifting Records since She Was Nine when Independent Lens Premieres “Supergirl”

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13 December 2017
Courtesy of Carmen Delaney/Supergirl Film LLC
Premieres Monday, December 18 at 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)
          When Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey, broke a world powerlifting record at the age of ten – lifting 215 pounds when she herself weighed only 97 pounds – she quickly became a media sensation, earning the nickname “Supergirl.” This fascinating, intimate portrait follows her 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 cyberbullying to health issues that could jeopardize her future in powerlifting.
         Filmed over the course of three years, beginning when Naomi was 11, through her Bat Mitzvah at 12, through age 14, Supergirl follows Naomi and her family through training and powerlifting events as well as documenting their strong faith and involvement in the Orthodox community. While powerlifting may not seem like a typical choice for a young girl, the sport is a family affair. Naomi’s father is an accomplished powerlifter himself and younger brother Ari has also taken up the sport.

         As the years pass and Naomi grows and matures, she struggles to stay in her weight class and continue her winning streak. Can this young woman still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records? With her close family supporting her, Naomi begins a journey toward self-acceptance, discovering the importance of both inner and outer strength.
Naomi "Supergirl" Kutin’s current records are:
  •  Squat: 321 pounds
  •  Bench Press: 125 pounds
  •  Deadlift: 363 pounds

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