The Supreme Price

2014

The Supreme Price (2014)

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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. (C) Official Site

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This doc weaves interview and archive, making it a valuable beginner's guide to Nigeria's problems.

May 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Offers riveting insight into the contradictions of a dynasty of reformist aristocracy, as well as a country that has yet to recover its 250 schoolgirls abducted last April by the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram.

Oct 6, 2014 | Full Review…
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The Supreme Price may sound like a metaphorical title, but after seeing this strong, forthright documentary, you'll understand it's the literal truth.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Joanna Lipper's documentary shapes one country's recent history into an accessible and tragic family drama.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Hafsat Abiola knows how rare is her chance to speak, so with keen intelligence she does, and it's compelling.

Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…

An enlightening documentary on the troubles of Nigeria and the rise of a female leader who is an impresario of change.

Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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