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Women Heroes of the Arab Spring, Sept. 24, 7 pm

MEDIA ALERT • MEDIA ALERT • MEDIA ALERT—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Contact Marissa Alcaraz or Tamer Batayneh, 310.657.5511   SEPT. 24, 7 PMLOS ANGELES PREMIERE, “TRIALS OF SPRING,” TO EXPLORE WOMEN HEROES OF THE ARAB UPRISING Screening and Q&A with director, Gini Reticker & Hend Nafea, sentenced to life in prison by Egypt’s regime HARMONY GOLD THEATRE, LOS ANGELES Three years. Six revolutions. Nine women. Fighting for peace in a state of war... On behalf of The Markaz, the markaz.org, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, mpac.org, you are invited to a screening and discussion of the documentary THE TRIALS OF SPRING, which offers a rare look at the Arab Spring from the perspective of the women who participated in the uprisings. The screening will take place on Thurs., Sept. 24th at the Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd., LA CA 90046, with a 7 pm reception, 8 pm screening, followed by a Q&A with director, Gini Reticker, and the doc’s main subject, Hend Nafea (given a sentence of life in prison before her sentence was commuted) via Skype, with attorney Zoe Dolan moderating. [Director Gini] Reticker chronicles Nafea’s trials without losing sight of the big picture. She both observes the outrages committed against democracy protesters in general and shows how women in particular suffered — enduring a mob of groping hands and more horrific kinds of sexual assault. Groping, we’re reminded, is something men are rarely held accountable for even under the best circumstances, one of many reasons these women are so persistent in their quest for rights that apply to all Egyptian citizens. —John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter THE TRIALS OF SPRING follows the story of a young Egyptian woman, Hend Nafea, who sneaks out of her village home to join hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Cairo demanding an end to 60 years of military rule. In the process, she is arrested and tortured. When her family finds out what she has been up to, they do everything they can to stop her. Unbreakable, she sets out on her own in search of freedom in a country in the grips of a political and cultural power struggle. Buoyed by the courage of other women 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. Her indomitable spirit in the face of adversity is a testament to the universal desire for freedom. A groundbreaking independent filmmaker for more than two decades, Reticker’s other films include The Heart of the Matter (1994), Asylum (2003), A Decade Under the Influence (2003), Ladies First (2004), and Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008).  Join us for “The Trials of Spring” screening and Q&A on: Thursday, September 24th at the Harmony Gold Theater beginning at 7pm.   Program Details 7pm – Reception 8pm – Screening 9:30pm – Q&A with director  80 minutes. A Fork Films release. Film Website: http://www.trialsofspring.com/  RSVP to Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz at 323.413.2001 or marissa@themarkaz.org

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