The timely and powerful, critically-acclaimed documentary “The Supreme Price” about women and the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria, will begin its USA theatrical run starting tomorrow, Friday October 3, playing for a week at Quad Cinema in New York City, and at Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Directed and Produced by award-winning filmmaker Joanna Lipper (“Growing Up Fast,” “Little Fugitive,” “Inside Out: Portraits of Children”), the film is one of six films competing for the Best Documentary Award won the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and has been officially selected for over 11 international film festivals on five continents, including Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014, and AFI Docs 2014.
The film will also play at Africa International Film Festival in Calabar, Nigeria in November, and at Film Africa in London, at the Hackney Picturehouse, also in November.
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 an 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.
Filmmaker Joanna Lipper said, “This is an ideal moment in time for viewers to contemplate Nigeria’s complex, historic evolution as a nation as well as an opportunity for me as a filmmaker to raise awareness and spark provocative discussions about women’s rights in present-day Nigeria.”
Below you’ll find an extended (10-minute) preview of the film, which was commissioned by Gucci to launch their global Chime for Change Campaign at TED 2013.