closing night film: trials of spring
90 MINUTES | 2015 | IN FOCUS: EGYPT | FILMMAKER(S): GINI RETICKER
When a young Egyptian woman 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, she is 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. Buoyed by the other activists 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. In the end, despite crushing setbacks, it is resilience that sustains the hope for reform even in the darkest hours of repression.
SHORT FILM: NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION
15 MINUTES | 2014 | IN FOCUS: SYRIA | FILMMAKER(S): MATTHEW VANDYKE
Nour is a Syrian journalist committed to documenting the horrors of the Syrian civil war. Rather than seeking refuge indoors or fleeing the country, she braves the streets of Aleppo armed only with her camera.