The Light In Her EyesHD
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About the Movie
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. An Official Selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the 2011 Dubai International Film Festival, and the 25th anniversary season of POV on PBS.
Great window into Islam
This documentary does not hold anything back. A great window into the challenges facing Islam women. On one hand the "teacher" wants to help women by giving them knowledge of the laws that bind them. On the other she follows religious laws to the letter despite the fact they are havily prejudiced against women.
Great insight into Syrian Muslims
This documentary put a face on the Syrian refugees so often in the news lately. I found it to be enlightening and humorous at times. Even though I don't agree with every facet of Islam, I respect these women and the devotion they have for their religion. The movie doesn't focus entirely on religion--it also shows unique glimpses into their day-to-day lives, which aren't so different than the lives Western families experience.