The Trials of Spring (2016 Jury Award Winner)

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Program: Best of the Fest 2016, Portraits of Resilience, SDFF 2016, Women Filmmakers

SDFF 2016 Jury Award: Feature Documentary

When 21-year-old Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to demand an end to military rule, she is beaten, arrested, and tortured. After her release, she is punished and imprisoned by her family for shaming their name. Nevertheless, she becomes a human rights activist and continues to work for democracy. Hend’s story mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring; from hope to despair and back. This film includes extensive video from the protests and Hend’s life in Cairo.

In Arabic with English subtitles

Runtime: 80 minutes
Origin: USA, Egypt