One of the highlight’s of Film Africa 2014 is the thrilling documentary about the fight for democracy in Nigeria is THE SUPREME PRICE. We here at Film Africa are excited to welcome the film’s director Joanna Lipper and the Supreme Price’s subject Hafsat Abiola to London to present the film.
To whet your appetite for tomorrow, here’s a review of the film from Melissa Loftman:
‘Any society that is silencing its women has no future’
A powerful documentary, the Supreme Price charts the tumultuous history of Nigeria following independence from the British in 1960 and the rise and evolution of the pro-democracy movement. Director Joanna Lipper brilliantly weaves past and present through the life and eyes of Hafsat Abiola a pro-democracy activist trying to change a culture. Fighting to forever alter the face of Nigerian politics Hafsat wants to ensure its women have a place at the table.
In 1993 M.K.O Abiola, Hafsat’s father, was elected present of Nigeria, a historic moment which looked to signal an end to the brutal years of military dictatorship following independence. Yet within the month of his victory his presidency was annulled and he was thrown into prison. It at this point that his wife Kudirat Abiola, Hafsat’s mother, became the leader of the pro-democracy movement carrying on with her husband’s work. Bringing attention to human rights violations perpetuated by the military regime to the international community she urged for action to be taken. For this Kuridat’s became a target and eventually she was assassinated. Years later on the day that M.K.O was due to be released he died under mysterious circumstances though it is widely believed he was poisoned.
Determined not to let her parents’ democratic ideals die with them, Hafsat makes the difficult decision to leave her young family in Belgium and return to Nigeria. There she is at the forefront of a progressive movement to end poverty, empower women and dismantle the patriarchal structure of Nigerian society. Though possible that Hafsat may find her life threatened her quest for a more equal society compels her to continue to speak up.
The Supreme Price is also an ambitious film and though sombre it is ultimately one of hope. The Abiola’s family story unfolds against the backdrop of Nigeria’s evolution from independence through the Biafra War, military dictatorships and the turbulent transition to civilian rule through present day. Hafsat is an inspiration and carries a hope for a future where Nigerian women will not be silenced and marginalized but respected and equally included in their society.
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