Shot before the Syrian uprising of 2011, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam without giving up their dreams. At the heart of the documentary is Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher who founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago. The film captures the surprising cultural shift set in motion as these women claim their space within the historically male dominated mosque. Join local filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix for a rare look into an alternative experience of contemporary Islam.
Julia Meltzer is a filmmaker and director of Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization. Her film and video work has been broadcast nationally on POV and exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, The Toronto International Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Over the past decade, she has worked extensively in Syria, teaching and producing and directing films. Meltzer is a recipient of the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and she was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005-2006.
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