The 8th annual Family of Woman Film Festival will kick off with the second annual Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Jill Sheffield, Founder of Women Deliver, will be the speaker. The film schedule will commence Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera house with “The Supreme Price” and end with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, with “Pakistan’s Hidden Shame.”
The festival is also pleased to announce its inaugural Breakfast Breakout sessions on Thursday, Feb. 26, with guest speaker Elizabeth Sharpf, Chief Instigating Officer at Sustainable Health Enterprises, and on Friday, Feb. 27, with guest speaker Jennah Scott who directs the Liberia Philanthropy Secretariat in the Office of the President. The Breakfast Breakouts will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Knob Hill Inn located in Ketchum and are for $500 donors and above.
All films at the festival are $15 and $60 for the entire film series with a free matinee at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, with Ketchum native, journalist and filmmaker Reed Lindsay. Tickets are available at the door for each screening and at Chapter One Bookstore and Iconoclast Books in Ketchum.
Opening the film festival this year at the Sun Valley Opera House on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., Joanna Lipper will present her award winning and internationally recognized documentary film “The Supreme Price.” As a Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches Using Film For Social Change. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries, Britdoc Foundation and The Fledgling Fund.
“The Supreme Price” received the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and was named Best Documentary at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). An extended trailer from the film was commissioned to launch Gucci’s Chime for Change Women’s Empowerment Campaign at TED 2013 and globally. The film was selected as the closing night event of the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2014.
Ahead of Nigeria’s forthcoming pivotal elections scheduled for Feb. 14, 2015, “The Supreme Price,” which traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles, is set to feature in a series of prestigious screenings across Europe including Ciné-ONU, which is one of the United Nations’ most successful outreach initiatives in Europe. It involves screenings of highly acclaimed, award-winning films and documentaries relevant to a specific UN issue.
“I am honored that the UN, Movies that Matter and Bertha Dochouse will be bringing my film to audiences throughout Europe,” said Lipper. “The volatile situation in Nigeria has made international headlines since the kidnapping of over 250 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in 2014. This film offers a moving story of a mother and daughter against the backdrop of a landmark Presidential election and its tumultuous aftermath along with historical context for the complex current political climate in Nigeria and its impact on the rights of women and girls.”
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, Abiola was imprisoned as another military regime seized power, and his wife, Kudirat, took over the leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and marches and winning international attention for the Nigerian struggle. Because of this work, she too became a target and was assassinated in 1996.
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 under mysterious circumstances. Determined not to let her parents’ democratic ideals die with them, Hafsat returns to Nigeria after years in exile and is at the forefront of a progressive movement to empower women and dismantle the patriarchal structure of Nigerian society.
“The Supreme Price” provides an unprecedented look inside of Africa’s most populous nation, exposing the tumultuous, violent history of a deeply entrenched corrupt culture of governance where a tiny circle of political elites monopolize billions of dollars worth of oil revenue while the masses remain impoverished.
In partnership with the Family of Woman Film Festival, Boise State University [BSU] is sponsoring films and speakers in Boise with BSU students attending the full festival in Sun Valley. Sun Valley speakers will make reciprocal appearances in Boise.
For a complete schedule as well as information on special guests, visit www.familyofwomanfilmfestival.org.