The Trials of Spring

Film phase:Completed


The Trials of Spring follows the journeys of three Egyptian women from the early days of the 2011 Arab Spring until today: Hend, from a rural military family, awaiting a harsh prison sentence for protesting against military rule; Miriam, an activist fighting to end sexual assault; and Mama Khadiga, a formerly veiled widow who became a caretaker of the revolutionaries. Their intersecting stories reveal the vital and underreported role women play in shaping the region’s future.



Gini Reticker (Executive Producer & Director) is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work has frequently explored untold and vital stories about women’s issues, social justice and human rights. She was co-creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking five-part series for PBS, Women, War & Peace (2011) and also directed the renowned documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), which told the story of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee. In 2004 she received an Academy Award nomination for the short Asylum; in 2005, she won an Emmy Award for Ladies First, which she directed and produced for PBS.



The Trials of Spring world premiered at the 2015 Human Rights Film Festival. It was an official selection at the 2015 Traverse City Film Festival and the 2016 Athena Film Festival. It won the Jury Award at the 2016 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, as well as the Jury Award for Transparency at the 2016 Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA). The Trials of Spring has partnered with various organizations and universities to host screenings nationwide such as CUNY, Virginia Tech, the Peace Project, the Interfaith Alliance, Women for Genuine Security, and many more.