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The Light In Her Eyes

Syria / United States 2011, 87 min, Arabic, Hebrew & English subtitles

A few months before the Syrian uprising, directors Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix went to Damascus to tell the story of Houda al-Habash. The film offers a rare peek at the underlying currents foreshadowing the uprising, and shows how al-Habash, under an oppressive secular regime and at odds with the conservative Islamic community, established a school educating girls and women in progressive Islam. While the country’s secular elite fears “Islamization”, most of the local Imams do not approve of the educational project either. Navigating between political and religious pressures, al-Habash insists on a moderate Islamic-feminist vision, supporting complete education for women and encouraging their participation in public discourse, without relinquishing the traditional duties of a woman.

Directors: Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix
Production: Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix, Orwa Nyrabia
Editing: Nathaniel Fregoso, Monique Zavistovski
Cinematography: Julia Meltzer, Anne Etheridge
Research: Karmel Al-zin
Soundtrack: Zach Seivers
Print Source: Autlook FilmSales (welcome@autlookfilms.com)Director CV
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Julia Meltzer has directed and produced 5 award-winning documentary projects. Her video work with David Thorne, including IT’S NOT MY MEMORY OF IT, WE WILL LIVE TO SEE THESE THINGS and NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN…has been awarded prizes at the European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, and the Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival. Recent art work has been exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, Steve Turner Gallery, HomeWorks IV in Beirut, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship Fund, the Guggenheim Foundation, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005–6. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proficient in Levantine Arabic dialect.

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