“The Trials of Spring:” Women’s Voices in the Arab Uprising


Three years. Six revolutions. Nine women fighting for peace in a state of war...Do women's voices matter? 

On behalf of The Markaz and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, you are invited to the Los Angeles premier 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 Thursday, Sept. 24th at the Harmony Gold Theatre. The program will be introduced and moderated by attorney Zoe Dolan, followed by a Q&A with director Gini Reticker and young Egyptian revolutionary, Hend Nafea (via Skype) who in February 2015 was sentenced to life in prison by an over-zealous Egyptian judge (80 minutes. A Fork Films release.)  You can expect a welcoming reception at 7 pm, free parking in lots below and behind the building, and a great crowd for the film and Q & A. There is a requested contribution $10, or $20 Preferred section (front rows).

"[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

Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046 (free parking behind and below the building). Reception at 7 pm, film at 8 pm, Q & A 9:30 pm. RSVP to Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz at 323.413.2001 or marissa@themarkaz.org.

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The Trials of Spring, from executive producer Abigail Disney, follows the trial 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). 

Moderator Zoe Dolan is a trial lawyer and writer. Her law practice focuses on criminal defense, ranging from routine matters to international terrorism cases. She is the author of two books including There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart, and she blogs on The Huffington PostZoe speaks Arabic and has lived in Egypt at various points.



  • September 24, 2015 at 7pm – 10pm
  • Harmony Gold Theatre
  • $10.00 USD
  • 26 people are going
  • Marissa Hicks-Alcaraz



Will you come?

$20.00 The Trials of Spring (Preferred)

documentary, reception, Q & A

$10.00 The Trials of Spring

documentary, reception, Q & A

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