The Supreme Price
Directed by Joanna LipperDirector Joanna Lipper elegantly explores past and present as she tells the remarkable story of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of Nigerian 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.
Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. As a Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches Using Film For Social Change. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Tribeca Gucci Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, and IFP Spotlighting Documentaries. In 2012, Joanna Lipper won the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award for her work-in-progress for The Supreme Price. In 2013, Gucci commissioned an 10-minute extended trailer from the The Supreme Price to launch their Chime For Change Campaign for Women's Empowerment at TED 2013 and globally. Previous films Joanna Lipper has produced and directed include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.?