The Supreme Price-In Theaters October 3rd
Critically acclaimed documentary ‘The Supreme Price’ about women in Nigeria to be released in theaters October 3rd , 2014 in New York City and Los Angeles.
In 1993 Nigeria elected M.K.O. Abiola as president in a historic vote that promised to end years of military dictatorship. Shortly after the election, Abiola was imprisoned as another military regime seized power, and his wife, Kudirat, took over the leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and marches and winning international attention for the Nigerian struggle. Because of this work, she too became a target and was assassinated in 1996. Director Joanna Lipper elegantly dovetails past and present as she tells this story through the eyes of Hafsat Abiola, who was about to graduate from Harvard when her mother was murdered. Her father died in prison two years later under mysterious circumstances. Determined not to let her parents’ democratic ideals die with them, Hafsat returns to Nigeria after years in exile and is at the forefront of a progressive movement to empower women and dismantle the patriarchal structure of Nigerian society. THE SUPREME PRICE provides a unprecedented look inside of Africa’s most populous nation, exposing the tumultuous, violent history of a deeply entrenched corrupt culture of governance where a tiny circle of political elites monopolize billions of dollars worth of oil revenue while the masses remain impoverished.
EXCERPTS FROM PRESS TO DATE:
“The Supreme Price is a deeply profound and beautiful experience, and an integral film to watch.”
“Taking a long historical view of a troubled country struggling to emerge from a military dictatorship is Joanna Lipper’s documentary “The Supreme Price,” about Nigeria’s female-directed democracy movement. After a military coup in 1993, M. K.O Abiola, a pro-democracy leader who was considered the victor in aborted presidential elections that year but never took office, was imprisoned in 1994. Four years later he died under suspicious circumstances. After his imprisonment, his fearless, eloquent wife, Kudirat, took over the movement’s leadership, but she was assassinated in 1996. The history is told through the eyes of their daughter Hafsat Abiola, a Harvard-educated crusader for human rights and democracy who now leads a movement to dismantle the country’s patriarchal structure.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times (coverage from Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014)
“Some of the best documentaries tell inspiring stories of people overcoming the unthinkable…With an uptick in kidnappings and killings, the situation in Nigeria is looking bleak. How exactly did the country get to such a state? Joanna Lipper’s film looks at the pro-democracy movement in the corrupt African nation but also gives a helpful tutorial on Nigerian politics.”
– The Washington Post
“…Nigeria’s history is fleshed out in a new documentary called The Supreme Price. It’s a fascinating history lesson about the country and gives a compelling account of how Moshood Abiola’s senior wife, Kudirat Abiola, and their daughter, Hafsat Abiola, risked their lives to reinstate Abiola and fight for the pro-democracy movement in modern-day Nigeria.”
– The Root
The Supreme Price is “one of ten films all human rights activists should see.”
– The Huffington Post
“Joanna Lipper’s profoundly moving and thought-provoking documentary traces the pro-democracy movement since Nigeria’s liberation; a tale fraught with political corruption, religious differences and most importantly, gender divisions. The Supreme Price’ tackles several difficult concepts but succeeds effortlessly by never putting a foot wrong; it is engrossing, heartfelt and expertly crafted with clarity and passion for its subject matter. Despite its serious approach, the film’s message is one of hope for the future of gender rights and because of this the film becomes an incredibly powerful and inspiring piece.”
– Raindance Programming Team