NYWIFT Celebrates SWAN Day

With Joanna Lipper
With Joanna Lipper

Huge thanks to Terry Lawler & the NYWIFT Team for another fabulous SWAN Day celebration (the 7th for NYWIFT & the 2nd one for me since my move to Brooklyn in 2012).

This year’s film, The Supreme Price, is a riveting new documentary by Joanna Lipper.

The Supreme Price follows the life of Hafsat Abiola. Hafsat Abiola is the daughter of Moshood Abiola (who was elected president of Nigeria in 1993, but then imprisoned after a military coup) and Alhaja Kudirat Abiola (who was murdered during a demonstration for the release of her husband in 1996). Moshood Abiola later died under detention in 1998.

Hafsat Abiola was educated in the USA, so she has the option of living a private life. But instead of running away from her tragic family legacy, Hafsat has embraced it.

In The Supreme Price, Lipper and her camera crew follow Hafsat all around Nigeria as she organizes people—mostly women—to work for a better life for all citizens in her beleaguered homeland.

With Laura Fieber.
With Laura Fieber

Click HERE to learn more about Hafsat Abiola.

Click HERE to learn more about Joanna Lipper.

The Supreme Price will be shown all around the world this year as part of the 2014 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Thanks again to NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & TV) and SAG-AFTRA, as well as co-sponsors herFLIX, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and Women Make Movies. Last but not least, sending a huge message of appreciation to our hosts Reeves Lehman & the SVA (School of the Visual Arts) Team!


Photo from the Q&A (from left): Busayo Olupona, Joanna Lipper & Joanna Sherman. (Photo Credit: Shellen Lubin of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition)


Photos taken during SAG-AFTRA Reception

Top Photo: With Joanna Lipper (photo credit: Jessica Perry)

Middle Photo: With Laura Fieber (photo credit: Jessica Perry)

Bottom Photo: With Jessica Perry (photo credit: Laura Fieber)

NOTES: Jess Perry is FF2 Media’s current student intern. She will graduate from Columbia University in May. Brava, Jess! SWAN Day logo designed by Melissa Wilks. Brava, Melissa!! Click HERE to buy your own SWAN Stuff on Cafe Press 🙂

Tags: Hafsat Abiola, Joanna Lipper, New York Women in Film & TV, NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, The Supreme Price

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