The struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria is explored in this powerful, unforgettable documentary.
“Any society that is silencing women has no future.”
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.
We follow Hafsat Abiola’s attempts to democratize Nigeria by empowering women to roles of leadership in a deeply patriarchal society. As Politician Hon Akindele Opeyemi remarks in one of Hafsat’s meetings, “I think some of us women have a degree without even attending a school. That is the PhD, that is, the Pull Her Down Syndrome.”
Against this contemporary activism, Hafsat, along with other family members, recounts the painful story of her parents’ democratic campaign: the rightful president M.K.O Abiola and activist Kudirat Abiola, and their tragic, but extremely important, period within Nigerian history.
‘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.
The Telegraph Online – In Pictures: The Supreme Price by Joanna Lipper
Film and TV Now – ‘The Supreme Price’ to Celebrate its Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival