When a young Egyptian woman travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptian’s 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.
Chronicling post-revolutionary Egypt from 2011 – 2014, The Trials of Spring follows Hend Nafea’s transformation from a quiet student in a conservative village to a brave human rights activist in Cairo now facing a possible 15 to 25 year prison sentence for her role int he uprisings. The women of Egypt and their stories over the last four years illuminate the vital – and often underreported – role women play in shaping its future.
IN PERSON Oscar™ Nominated Director : Gini Reticker