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The Supreme Price
A film by Joanna Lipper
US/Nigeria, 2013, 75 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W141146
Director Joanna Lipper elegantly explores past and present as she tells the remarkable story of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of human rights heroine Kudirat Abiola, and Nigeria's President-elect M.K.O. Abiola, who won a historic vote in 1993 that promised to end years of military dictatorship. Shortly after the election M.K.O. Abiola's victory was annulled and he was arrested. While he was imprisoned, his wife Kudirat took over leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and rallies, winning international attention for the Nigerian struggle against human rights violations perpetrated by the military dictatorship. Because of this work, she too became a target and was assassinated in 1996. In this riveting political thriller, the Abiola family’s intimate story unfolds against the epic backdrop of Nigeria's evolution from independence in 1960 - through the Biafra War, subsequent military dictatorships and the tumultuous transition to civilian rule - through present day as Hafsat continues to face the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.


Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Best Documentary

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Nantucket Film Festival
  • Independent Film Festival Boston
  • Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Tall Grass Film Festival
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival

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    “[Joanna] Lipper does an excellent job of using her film as a vehicle for the voices and concerns of Nigerians, and especially of Nigerian women, who are traditionally expected to stay at home while men operate in the public sphere.”
    The Village Voice

    "THE SUPREME PRICE traces the legacy of the Abiola family, who battled for gender equality and political freedom in a nation where both have been brutally repressed for decades."
    Daily Beast

    "THE SUPREME PRICE works best as an introduction, stirring the curiosity of Westerners who likely hear little about Nigerian politics on the news, despite the country's vast (misallocated) wealth and importance to global trade."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "THE SUPREME PRICE leaves you in awe of [Hafsat’s] grit and grateful for her tenacity…"
    Slant Magazine

    "It is a deeply profound and beautiful experience, and an integral film to watch."
    Indiewire (Shadow & Act)

    "THE SUPREME PRICE takes viewers to a country where working for human rights comes with the very real possibility of losing one's life… the polished film easily stirs indignation and will be welcomed in educational venues."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "Joanna Lipper’s film looks at the pro-democracy movement in the corrupt African nation but also gives a helpful tutorial on Nigerian politics."
    Washington Post

    "...THE SUPREME PRICE both successfully educates the viewer about Nigeria’s unique struggles and inspires with its universal message of community empowerment and personal sacrifice."
    Mary Bowe

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