The Trials of Spring

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The Trials of Spring

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  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




“I knew that people would one day take to the streets, and I knew that I would participate.”  

When 21-year-old Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is beaten, arrested and tortured. After her release, she is punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out and shaming their name. Unbreakable, she sets out in search for freedom and justice in a country gripped by a dangerous power struggle. Buoyed by the other activists she meets along the way, she forges ahead despite the odds mounting against her. Hend'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 for Hend and her fellow activists, even during the darkest hours of their struggle for a better Egypt.

This is the San Diego premiere of Trials of Spring.

Gini Reticker is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker who produced and directed Trials of Spring. In 2004 she was nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary short Asylum, and in 2005 won an Emmy for Ladies First. In 2006, she joined forces with producer Abigail Disney to direct the renowned Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which chronicled the women’s movement that helped end the war in Liberia. Subsequently, Reticker was an executive producer of the five-part series, Women, War & Peace, winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award and the 2011 Television Academy Honors Award.



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