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Theatrical Premiere Run! SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN • December 21–23

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The Supreme Price

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Director: Joanna Lipper

In this riveting thriller, politics in Nigeria is a do or die affair. In 1993 Nigeria elected M.K.O. Abiola as president in a historic vote that promised to end years of military dictatorship. Shortly after the election, however, Abiola was imprisoned as another military regime assumed power, and his wife, Kudirat, took over the 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.

Director Joanna Lipper elegantly dovetails past and present as she tells this story through the eyes of Hafsat Abiola, who was about to graduate from Harvard when her mother was murdered (her father died in prison two years later). Determined not to let her parents’ ideals die with them, Hafsat has dedicated her adult life to continuing their fight for democracy. Returning to Nigeria after years abroad, she is at the forefront of a progressive movement to empower women and dismantle the patriarchal structure of Nigerian society.

A startlingly intimate rendering of the epic and tragic intergenerational Abiola family saga, THE SUPREME PRICE provides an unprecedented look inside Africa’s most populous nation, exposing a deep history of political corruption and a culture where a tiny circle of political elites monopolize billions of dollars worth of oil revenue while the vast majority of 165 million Nigerian people remain impoverished.

Screening Supported by Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University and The Roxbury International Film Festival

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  • Theatrical Premiere Run! SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN • December 21–23