Supreme Price (The)

Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2014
Format : Feature

The story of Hafsat Abiola. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by the military dictatorship, Hafsat faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.

Directed and produced by Joanna Lipper, USA

Nigeria | 2014, Documentary | 76 min

The Supreme Price - Trailer from Joanna Lipper on Vimeo.

Press Quotes:

"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

"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

This film was made with support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Tribeca Gucci Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies and IFP Spotlight on Documentaries. The extended trailer for this film was commissioned by Gucci to launch their global Chime for Change Campaign at TED 2013.

* The MacArthur Foundation
* 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

awards and nominations
*WINNER: Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award
*WINNER: Best Documentary - Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

* NOMINATED for African Movie Academy Awards - Best Documentary (AMAA Awards Ceremony, September 26th, 2105 in South Africa)

Distributor (North America)
Kristin Fitzpatrick
Women Make Movies
212-925-0606 x312

Sales Agent (international)
Philippa Kowarsky
+972 3 566 4129

PUblicist (international)
Adam J. Segal
The 2050 Group
(202) 422-4673 (mobile)

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 - Ciné-ONU - Luxembourg City Film Festival
6 March - Women Take The Reel Film Festival - MIT: Cambridge, MA
9 March - 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 - 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
30 May - Cork: Triskle Arts Centre, Ireland
7 June - Arthouse Crouch End, London
12 June - Belfast Queen's Theatre, Belfast
14 June - Phoenix Cinema, London (Q&A With Nadia Denton)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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