The Light In Her Eyes
Syria / USA | 2012 | 85 min
Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago. Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is under way—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.
The Light in Her Eyes was supported by Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program and is released with the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative.
DIR Julia Meltzer & Laura Nix
CAST Houda al-Habash, Enas al-Khaldi