Chronicling the Pro-Democracy movement in Nigeria, the evolution of women's rights and the perils of living under the rule of an oppressive dictatorship, Joanna Lipper's intimate film, The Supreme Price, is one of the most important documentaries to see a release this year. Without the visual affectations and indulgent cinematic flairs of other, more glamorous documentaries, Lipper proves that all you need to create a captivating and engrossing movie is a story you believe in.

Although the film could have quite frankly slapped together some basic archive footage and a few standard talking heads and still have been held together by its hugely interesting and gripping content, Joanna Lipper takes a more personal approach to contextualise the intimidating themes of the film in an intimate and direct way. In the movie's attempt to chronicle both the historical life and death of Nigerian activists and democratic leaders M.K.O Abiola and his assassinated philanthropist wife Kudi, The Supreme Price proves that cultural barriers pose no threat when it comes empathising with the plight of truly great people. Lipper achieves this passionate connection between audience and subject by creating an emotionally harrowing tone of desperation that sheds light on both the widespread conflicts of Nigeria as well as the personal clashes of two iconic and larger than life individuals.

Through the reactions and insight of the remaining Abiola family, specifically the ongoing activism and philanthropy of daughter Hasfat, Lipper is able to give the mostly anonymous plight of Nigerian society a relatable and identifiable face. By delving into the personal problems of this well-known family, the director manages to draw parallels between their every-day struggles and larger, more abstract conflicts of Nigerian culture as a whole. Using this family to contextualise the inherent societal problems of the country, Lipper is able to show how politics and oppressive ideology effects everyone, even a family as wealthy and as prominent as the Abiolas. Because of this intimate and focused approach, The Supreme Price manages to be both an introduction and exploration of Nigerian politics as a whole as well as a deeply emotional and engaging character study of one of the country's most inspirational families.

So while the film doesn't have all the twists and turns of some of the more memorable documentary classics, The Supreme Price doesn't need to construct an elaborate narrative or indulge in mis-direction to create a deeply engaging story. By compiling such a wide variety of interesting, funny and incredibly passionate people, Joanna Lipper opens an important dialogue about the position of democracy and women's rights not only in Nigeria, but wider society in general, that will continue to rage long after the credits of this informative documentary roll.

While you might not be able to catch a showing of this captivating film due to its small screening selection in cinemas around the world, it would be a complete disservice to not see such an important and insightful movie if it's lucky enough to hit a theatre near you. It might not be big on fancy technique or elaborate storytelling, but the simplicity of The Supreme Price's delivery makes for a brisk and streamlined introduction to some extremely daunting, but extremely relevant, activist issues. And at only 75 minutes long, you simply have no reason to not find the time for this this hugely charming and sophisticated slice of history.