The Supreme Price

The Supreme Price

SYNOPSIS

The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.

(Produced and Directed by Joanna Lipper)

*WINNER:  Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award

*WINNER:  Best Documentary - Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

*SPECIAL MENTION - Luxor African Film Festival

*LONG LISTED for One World Media Award  

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Press Screening:
15 May, 1.30pm – De Lane Lea, 75 Dean Street, London, W1D 3PU
For UK press enquiries and cinema bookings please contact:
ARPR / alex.rowley@ar-pr.co.uk
 
Curzon Bloomsbury: The Bertha DocHouse Screen
The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AW, United Kingdom
Mon 18 May: 12pm screening + Q&A with Joanna Lipper
Fri 22 May: 4.20pm, Sat 23 May: 4.30pm, Sun 24 May: 8.15pm, Mon 25 May: 6.20pm, Tues 26 May: 4.20pm
Weds 27 May: 2pm, Thurs 28 May: 6.20pm screening (+ Q&A with Joanna Lipper)
 
Saturday 30th May
Cork: Triskle Arts Centre, Ireland
Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street, Cork, Ireland

Friday 12th June
Belfast Queen’s Theatre
20 University Square, Northern Ireland, Belfast BT7 1PA
 
Sunday 14th June at 2pm.
Phoenix Cinema, London  (Q&A With Nadia Denton)
52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ 

7th June at 8:30pm
Arthouse Crouch End
159A Tottenham Ln, London , N8 9BT 

INTERNATIONAL SCREENINGS (2015)

10 – 15 Feb – Human Rights/Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival – Oslo, Norway
26 Feb – 1 March – Family of Woman Film Festival – Sun Valley and Boise, Idaho, US
6 March, 19:00 - Ciné-ONU – Luxembourg City Film Festival
6 March – Women Take The Reel Film Festival – MIT: Cambridge, MA
9 March, 18:30 - Ciné-ONU – Vienna, Austria
17 March - Ciné-ONU – ICA: London, UK
19 March - Ciné-ONU – Goethe Institut, Brussels, Belgium
16-21 March – Luxor African Film Festival - Egypt
19-22 March – IREP: iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival - Lagos, Nigeria
21-28 March - Movies that Matter Film Festival - The Hague, Netherlands
26 March – Innovation in Democracy International Conference – Athens, Greece
26-29 March – New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, BAMCinematek – Brooklyn, New York
9 April, 19:30 – Ciné-ONU – Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
9-15 April – African Film Festival: New Zealand Trust – Auckland, New Zealand
20-22 May – International Women’s Forum (IWF) – Johannesburg, South Africa
22-29 May - Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury, London, UK

media resources

Download the press kit (PDF low res): Supreme Price Press Kit
Download high res stills: Media Resources

Interviews with Filmmaker

- Joanna Lipper interviewed in The Atlantic, "The Feminist Who Could Change Nigeria"

- Joanna Lipper talks about ‘The Supreme Price’ of Corruption and the Gender Gap

- Four Major Influences from Director Joanna Lipper

- Joanna Lipper interviewed for World Policy Journal

Press

"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.”  - The New York Times

"African Cinema: Top Five Political Films - The Supreme Price...combines daring reporting with behind the scenes access and dramatic archive footage through some of the country’s most unstable periods. A fascinating history lesson of a nation still struggling to emerge from military rule." - The Guardian

"Ms Lipper has used previously unseen archive footage to great effect with the story moving effortlessly between past and present, talking heads and footage from the campaign trail, personal moments and public opinions. There are moments of terrible sadness... But Ms Lipper just as deftly includes moments of surreal comic horror... The themes are heavy: murder and injustice, in a country ravaged by oil money and military rule. It hardly sounds like a recipe for an uplifting film, but Ms Lipper has been careful to ensure that the story is more about going forward than dwelling on the tragedy of the past... it is surely a good thing that a film like this now exists, touching on the issues the kidnappings brought to life and showing how important women are to a country like Nigeria and why it is in everyone’s interest to listen to them." - The Economist

"'The Supreme Price' is a Door to Africa's Recent History." - The New York Times

"The Supreme Price may sound like a metaphorical title, but after seeing this strong, forthright documentary, you'll understand it's the literal truth." -Los Angeles Times

"Excellent...  Lean, lucid... No hashtag activist, 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."  -Village Voice & LA Weekly Critics Pick

"In her latest film, Joanna Lipper dives into the crucial fight to educate women on a local and global scale....  Lipper presents a comprehensive look at a complex history and masterfully weaves an evocative story of politics, justice and women’s rights that will undoubtedly resonate with viewers worldwide just as the April 2014 schoolgirls abduction has." - BET

"The Supreme Price is a deeply profound and beautiful experience, and an integral film to watch.”  - Indiewire

"A critically acclaimed new documentary, The Supreme Price, tells the story of the Abiola family, which battled for gender equality and democracy in a nation where both have been repressed for decades."  -The Independent

The Huffington Post cites Joanna Lipper as one of the "finest and noblest" documentary filmmakers this year for her work on The Supreme Price. She "certainly succeeds with this one, catching a crucial moment in that explosive country where 200 girls have been lost, at best."

"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

"Director Joanna Lipper beautifully depicts the epic rise and controversial fall of the Abiolas, while uncovering the corrupt political and capitalist forces which lead to their untimely end…. Superbly shot and stirringly told...a beautiful thing to behold." - StageBuddy

“...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 Premieres in Lagos.... The documentary by Joanna Lipper is an unprecedented and personal look at the Abiola story." -Nigerian Tribune

"The Supreme Price is one of ten films all human rights activists should see.” - Huffington Post

View Photo Essay by Joanna Lipper on Women in Nigeria in The Telegraph 

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Distributor (North America)

Kristin Fitzpatrick   
Women Make Movies

212-925-0606 x312
kfitzpatrick@WMM.com

Sales Agent (international)

Philippa Kowarsky
Cinephil
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