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The Light in Her Eyes

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PBS Premiere: July 19, 2012

Online: Nov. 9, 2015 – Dec. 3, 2015


Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus, Syria, 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is underway — women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, 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. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Produced in association with American Documentary | POV.

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TAGS: damascus, gender, islam, koran, middle east, muslim, syria, women

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The Light in Her Eyes (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 19, 2012

Streaming Dates: Nov. 9, 2015 – Dec. 3, 2015

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Filmmakers: Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix Bio | Interview | Statement

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