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Women, Democracy, and the Global Lens

Women, Democracy, and the Global Lens

How can US based philanthropists and activists influence worldwide movements for democracy, women’s empowerment and social change? Join the The Root, Women Make Movies, and Tides for a screening of an excerpt from The Supreme Price, a new documentary by Joanna Lipper, that will stimulate a lively discussion addressing these issues.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Supreme Price


with reception to follow


Macaulay Honors College 
Screening Room
35 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
(map & directions)


Claire Aguilar, Senior Vice President of Programming, ITVS
Walter Carrington, U.S. Ambassador to Senegal (1980-1981),
     U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (1993–1997)
Joanna Lipper, filmmaker, The Supreme Price
Joshua Mailman, founder, Threshold Foundation,
     founder, Social Venture Network


Paul E. Steiger, Editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica

Kindly RSVP to Shannon Beal.

Synopsis of The Film

Following her mother’s assassination and the mysterious death of her father (Nigeria’s President-elect), Hafsat Abiola returns to Lagos to lead the pro-democracy movement during Nigeria's pivotal 2011 elections.

About The Panelists

Claire Aguilar

Claire Aguilar is the Senior Vice President of Programming at the Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds, promotes and distributes independently produced programming to public television. At ITVS, she oversees all aspects of program initiatives, including programming strategy, funding calls, peer panel review and funding recommendations. She co-curates the Independent Lens series, a new series of independent programming on PBS which premiered in February 2003. She came to ITVS from KCET/Hollywood as Manager of Broadcast Programming, where she programmed the station’s schedule and managed programming acquisitions. From 1984 to 1991 she was a film programmer at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, one of the nation’s leading exhibition venues for international, documentary and classic Hollywood films. She has curated for the American Film Institute, the Los Angeles Asian American Film and Video Festival, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio. She has served as a programming consultant and panelist for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and other media and funding organizations.

Walter Carrington

Walter Carrington served as American Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal. In recognition of his championing of human rights in Nigeria, the diplomatic enclave in Lagos was renamed Walter Carrington Crescent.  He is an Associate of Harvard’s DuBois Institute while working on a book on Nigeria and another on Islam in Africa. A Duty to Speak: Refusing to Remain Silent in a Time of Tyranny a collection of his Nigerian speeches was published in Nigeria in 2010. A civil rights activist during his university days, Carrington was the first student elected to the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.  A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, Carrington was a member of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination becoming, at the age of 27, the youngest person to be appointed a Commissioner in the State’s history.  He spent ten years with the Peace Corps directing programs in Sierra Leone, Tunisia and Senegal and as regional director for Africa.  He then spent a decade with the African-American Institute as its Executive Vice President and publisher of its magazine Africa Report. He has taught at several universities and has worked on African issues as a top staff aid in the Congress.

Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper is a filmmaker, photographer and author.  Her previous films include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.  She is the author of a nationally acclaimed book on teen parenthood, Growing Up Fast. As a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches “Using Film For Social Change.”  Her photographic series Seaweed Farmers in Zanzibar was recently exhibited by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, The International Museum of Women, and at Photo De Mer, in Vannes, France.   She is currently working on a new documentary, The Supreme Price.  This project, currently in post-production, has been selected for IFP's Spotlight on Documentaries and for the Women Make Movies Fiscal Sponsorship and Production Assistance Program.  For more info please visit:

Joshua Mailman

Joshua Mailman is the founder of the Threshold Foundation, a national network of philanthropists; of Social Venture Network, an international network of socially driven businesspeople; a co- founder of Business for Social Responsibility; a co-founder of Grameen Phone, Bangladesh; a founding director and trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, U.K.; chair of the Joshua Mailman Foundation, U.S.; and a board member of several organizations including the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Museum for African Art, and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.  With the Synergos Institute, he is also an initiator of the Arab World Social Innovators Program, and is the only non female member of Women Moving Millions, a campaign founded by Helen and Swanee Hunt to expand the commitment of $1M gifts to advancing the rights of women. He is the managing director of Serious Change Investments, a replenishing fund that focuses on cutting-edge for-profit private ventures. He is also the instigator, along with Kesha Cash, of Jalia Ventures, a fund focused on putting early stage capital into the hands of inspired black entrepreneurs running impact ventures.

Paul Steiger

Paul E. Steiger is the editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica, whose reporters received Pulitzer Prizes in May 2010 and 2011. He is a member of the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based in Arlington, Va., which provides free legal assistance to journalists. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, that funds efforts to enhance journalism and the functioning of American communities. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. For six years, from June 2005 to June 2011, Steiger was the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for press freedom around the globe.