Three years. Six revolutions. Nine women. Fighting for peace in a state of war.THE TRIALS OF SPRING is a major documentary event that chronicles the stories of nine women who played central roles in the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. It includes a feature-length documentary, six short films, articles by award-winning journalists, and a robust social media conversation about women and their unwavering quest for social justice and freedom. THE TRIALS OF SPRING world premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival NY in June 2015. Watch THE TRIALS OF SPRING six short films now on the project website, on the New York Times website!
When a young Egyptian woman travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to sixty years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice in a country in the grips of a power struggle, where there is little tolerance for the likes of her. Buoyed by the other activists she meets along the way, Hend Nafea’s story mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring—from the ecstasy of newfound courage to the agony of shattered dreams. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression. Women like those seen in THE TRIALS OF SPRING are on the front lines of global peacebuilding. Sign this Change.org petition to ask the Obama Administration #DoWomensVoicesMatter.THE TRIALS OF SPRING is created by Oscar Nominated Gini Reticker and Abigail Disney, the team behind the award-winning documentary, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, and Executive Producers of the celebrated PBS special series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE. The team is comprised of top American and local crews, whose credits include THE SQUARE, WE ARE THE GIANT, BULLY, LEMON, and WATCHERS IN THE SKY. To find out how you can host a screening of the films in your community or classroom, and how you can get involved in the project, sign up for THE TRIALS OF SPRING announcements.