Trials Of Spring
The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) will present 'The
Trials Of Spring', a documentary on women, war and social change in the
during Arab Spring at the ICES Auditorium, , 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo
8, tomorrow, February 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Directed by Gini Reticker, the 90-minute documentary, while built
around the 2011 uprisings that swept the Arab world and the women who
were on the frontlines, focuses on the trials of 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.
Hend Nafea's story, which mirrors the trajectory of the Arab Spring-from
the ecstasy of newfound courage to the agony of shattered dreams, sees
her 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. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that
sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression.