With all the current upheaval in Nigeria, the elections have been postponed. That means that Hafsat Abiola, whose visit to Idaho for the Family of Woman Film Festival was in question, will attend screenings in Sun Valley and Boise of “The Supreme Price,” a documentary by Joanna Lipper about Abiola's struggle to establish democracy and women’s rights in her native Nigeria.
On her trip to the United States Abiola plans to make appearances in New York before arriving in Idaho to comment on the situation in Nigeria, drawing a national spotlight on her visit.
The Family of Woman Film Festival (Feb. 25-March 1) puts the focus on stories that address women’s global issues. This year the festival will present free screenings of two of its slate of films in Boise as part of a new partnership with Boise State University.
Both screenings are at 6:30 p.m. at the BSU Special Events Center, 1910 University Drive.
On Feb 25, you can see “Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars,” an Iranian documentary about a young girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. Idaho’s astronaut Barbara Morgan and filmmaker Mona Rafatzadeh will discuss the film following the screening. On Feb. 27, the festival will screen “The Supreme Price,” with Abiola and Lipper discussing the film afterwards.
The situation surrounding the presidential elections in Nigeria has become increasingly dangerous as the Boko Haram, an extreme Muslim faction, puts increasing pressure on the government, diverting the military support needed to protect the polls.
This is one of “several global volatile situations reflected in what we’re showing,” says FOW film festival founder and director Peggy Elliott Goldwyn.
Watch trailers of both films here.
Learn more about the Boko Haram and the Nigerian elections from the BBC here.