The Trials of Spring
Synopsis: The Trials of Spring follows the journeys of three Egyptian women as they fight for the goals of the Arab Spring – “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice” for all. The euphoria they feel amid the camaraderie in Tahrir Square after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 is short-lived. Widespread sexual and physical violence aimed at women taking part in public life escalates quickly and appears organized to intimidate them. Caught between two forces of power – the military and the Islamists – women soon find themselves further from their original goals than ever.
Directed By: Gini Reticker
Run Time: 59 mins.
“[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”
- The Hollywood Reporter
Wave Goodbye To Dinosaurs
Synopsis: When peace talks are proposed to negotiate an end to the decades-old sectarian conflict that left thousands dead and wounded, women in Northern Ireland take matters into their own hands. Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs tells the story of Catholic and Protestant women uniting to form an all-female political party, win seats at the negotiating table, and fight to ensure that their policies around human rights, equality, and inclusion are reflected in the Good Friday Agreement.
Directed By: Eimhear O’Neill
Run Time: 57 mins.
“A NEW documentary recalling the
Good Friday Agreement of 1998 is a timely reminder of how difficult it was to secure the historic peace deal”
- The Detail
"...offers a chance to look beyond the numbers and see the tangible ways in which women’s contributions have led to real change”
- Council on Foreign Relations
A Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
Synopsis: In A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, Farida Parveen and Mousumi Sultana grapple with the harsh realities of joining one of the world’s first all-female UN peacekeeping units. On being sent to Haiti, a country on the verge of near-collapse, their experiences paint a very different picture to commonly held beliefs of what is needed in the global effort to build peace.
Directed By: Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Run Time: 55 mins.
“It would have been simple to make a film that showed women bringing love to the role of quelling violence in Haiti.
But A Journey of a Thousand Miles does more.
As you watch the film, you realize that as much as soldiers need compassion, women all over the world need a soldier’s resolve simply to meet the challenges of their daily lives”