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Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East: A Twitter Chat with the Filmmakers of ‘The Light In Her Eyes’

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The filmmakers of The Light In Her Eyes will be on the #docchat Twitter chat this Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific), taking your questions about making films in the Middle East and their experiences making The Light In Her Eyes.

Laura Nix and Julia Meltzer traveled to Syria to tell the story of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.

As Meltzer told POV in a recent interview, “To invite American filmmakers into your mosque in Syria is not something that people will readily do.”

Production not only posed challenges for the filmmakers (some of which were solved by posing as harmless tourists) but also for the subjects, who put themselves at risk for allowing cameras into their world.

Ask the filmmakers a question by posting to Twitter with the hashtag #docchat.

Here is an overview of the #docchat event:

Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East

Laura Nix and Julia Meltzer

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8-9 PM Eastern. If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time using the hashtag #docchat or in a comment below.

Who: Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix will be the guests, tweeting from @LightInHerEyes. Adnaan Wasey of POV will be moderating from @adnaanwasey.

How: To submit a question, send a tweet with the hashtag #docchat from an active Twitter account or leave a comment below if you don’t have an account. To follow the conversation, search the hashtag #docchat on Twitter or follow along at tweetchat.com. You can also bookmark this post and return on Wednesday, July 25, for a recap.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.n.willis Cindy Nail Willis

    It seems as though she is working to allow girls to be religiously educated in a mosque, memorizing (with perfect diction only), the qu’ran.  I don’t see a forward push for equality and she perpetuates the hijab as a islamic requirement. She is not moving these girls forward, but reinforcing stereotypes and servitude.  Even some of the teenaged girls are voicing their concern that the world is moving forward without them.