Superpower Trailer


Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. has emerged as the pre-eminent superpower of the world. SUPERPOWER goes behind the scenes of America’s national security apparatus and military operations to illustrate America’s quest for global dominance through economic and military strategy. Framed by dozens of interviews with notable experts such as historian Noam Chomsky, Commander Eric Haney (founder of Delta Force, the Army’s counterterrorist arm), and Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, son of Nikita Khrushchev, all of whom offer analysis of U.S. foreign policy, SUPERPOWER exposes this quest with a review of historical events and archival footage. What emerges is a view of U.S. international policy in stark contrast to that depicted by mainstream media and U.S. heads of state.

Actress Christy Johnson is the host and narrator for SUPERPOWER

Actress Christy Johnson is the host and narrator for SUPERPOWER

Matrix TV Interview

Superpower was featured on independent news station Matrix TV. The show aired across the US and Europe as a phone interview with producer Barbara-Anne Steegmuller and showed selected clips from the film. For more information on this show go to

DOK Market Digital

Superpower - Christy Johnson - DOK Market Digital

Superpower was chosen by the selection committee for the "DOK Market Digital" in Leipzig, Germany. "DOK Market Digital" offers trade and professional visitors as well as international buyers the opportunity to view all films in the current festival program, as well as approximately 150 additionally selected international productions by genre. All DOK Market films are presented with a photograph and relevant sales information in the DOK Market Catalog. During the festival week the DOK Market Catalogue is issued to all trade and professional visitors and, following the festival, the catalogue is sent to a further 150 international commissioning editors and distributors.

Writing Tradition

Francis Steegmuller and Shirley Hazzard

Francis Steegmuller with wife Shirley Hazzard

There is a family tradition for writing connected with this film. The executive producer/producer/director/writer, Barbara-Anne Steegmuller, has a background in research and journalism and is the first cousin-once-removed of the famous Flaubert scholar and writer, Francis Steegmuller (1906 - 1994). He lived in New York City with his second wife, writer Shirley Hazzard. Yale University and Columbia University hold his collected papers. His first wife was the painter Beatrice Stein, who had studied under the French cubist artist and printmaker, Jacques Villon.


Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award

SUPERPOWER won the 5th Annual Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Documentary of the Year 2011. The awards were presented at the Avalon Theater at Hollywood and Vine.

Telly Award

SUPERPOWER won the 2011 32nd Annual People's Choice Bronze Telly Award. Voting was held for three weeks through YouTube.

El Sawy

SUPERPOWER was nominated for Best North American Documentary in The El Sawy International Film Festival Egypt. The festival took place in Cairo, Egypt at the El Sawy Culture Wheel. For more information about this festival go to:

Twin Cities Arts Festival

SUPERPOWER won the overall festival award, The Director's Selection Award, in the Twin Cities Arts Festival in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Director's Selection Award

Director of the festival, Gerald Scott, presenting the Director's Selection Award to the director of Superpower, Barbara-Anne Steegmuller.

Moving Pictures Film Contest

SUPERPOWER has won Best Feature Documentary in the Moving Pictures Film Contest in Phoenix, Arizona. If you'd like to have more information about the contest and Moving Pictures Magazine go to and

Director's Selection Award

Moving Pictures Magazine President Margaret Tritch with Barbara-Anne Steegmuller receiving the Best Feature Documentary Award from Julianne Loof in Park City, Utah, January 18, 2009.

Superpower Route 66

SUPERPOWER received an Honorable Mention in the program of the 2008 Route 66 International Film Festival, as one of the outstanding films that did not fit into the festival schedule, but deserved special recognition. This is the 7th annual festival for Route 66, and is held each year on the third weekend in September at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois. For more information about this festival go to:

The August Sun Film & Television's

"World Peace Film Festival"

Promoting works that promote World Peace through Film and Television

Superpower Director Award

Superpower The Director Award

Robert J. Locke, President of August Sun Productions and Director of the festival, presenting the Director Award to the director of Superpower, Barbara-Anne Steegmuller.

Superpower Best Feature Documentary

Superpower Grand Peace Award

Held at The Crest Theatre, 1262 Westwood Boulevard, Aug. 24-Aug. 30, 2008

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Festival Selection

South Africa selection

SUPERPOWER was accepted to screen in the International South Africa Film Festival between November 2nd and November 8th 2009. A distribution deal picked up SUPERPOWER to show it by satellite throughout the African continent.