The Trials of Spring

The Trials of Spring 

The Trials of Spring tells the story of nine women on the front lines during the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. The project includes a feature-length documentary, six short films, and articles by award-winning journalists about women and their unwavering quest for social justice and freedom.

The feature documentary follows a young Egyptian woman who travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, and 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.

Peace is Loud worked with 180 partner organizations in 30 countries to hold over 250 screenings and discussions with schools and universities; legislative groups; and civil, religious, arts, and military organizations. We also produced a comprehensive discussion guide, developed lesson plans and worksheets to accompany the six short films, and oversaw social media and digital communications.

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