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"Un certain Monsieur Joinet", by Frantz Vaillant

Screened on 24 October, 2012

52' (In French with English subtitles)

LJoinetFor many years Louis Joinet has worked tirelessly for human rights to be respected globally. As a member of the Human Rights Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities, Joinet severely criticised communist dictatorships in Eastern Europe as well as fascist regimes in Latin America. “The documentary gives an insight into the fifty years of struggle by Louis Joinet for human rights, from the war in Algeria to Pinochet's Chile, from enforced disappearances to the fight against impunity”, according to French magazine La Chronicle.

Many of Louis Joinet’s studies became the basis for UN texts against impunity, most notably the International Convention Against Enforced Disappearances. In addition, he participated in the creation of the Working Group Against Arbitrary Detention at the former Human Rights Commission (currently the Human Rights Council).

The film documents the life of Mr Joinet, from his time as a social worker in France to his position as Special Rapporteur for Haiti for the United Nations.

Besides the story of the evolution of human rights, a strong life lesson is told here.” (La Croix).

A touching film describing the achievements of the man and his ideas.” (Le Nouvel'obs).

The film was followed by a Q&A, with:

  • Mr. Louis Joinet (former UN Special Rapporteur)
  • Mr. Antoine Madelin (Director for inter-governmental organizations for the FIDH)

 


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Synopsis

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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 was annulled and a military coup brought General Sani Abacha into power. M.K.O Abiola was imprisoned and his wife, Kudirat, took over the leadership of the pro-democracy movement. She organized rallies and the longest oil workers strike in Nigerian history, 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 their eldest daughter, 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 a unprecedented look inside of Africa’s most populous nation from the perspective of women, 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.

Visit the website: www.thesupremeprice.com

 

Biography of Filmmaker

Filmmaker - Joanna LipperJoanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker and Lecturer at Harvard University where she teaches Using Film for Social Change in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, ITVS, Britdoc Foundation, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Women Make Movies and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Her latest documentary, 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. Previous films Lipper has produced and directed include Inside Out: Portraits of Children (1996), Growing Up Fast (1999) and Little Fugitive (2006). Lipper is the author of the nationally acclaimed book Growing Up Fast. Her photography has been published and exhibited in the US and overseas.

For more information please visit: www.JoannaLipper.com

 

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