YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO:
Family Movie & Pizza Night
"The Light in Her Eyes", an award winning documentary film that portraits a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.
March 2, 2013, 5-7 p.m.
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)
1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612
Program includes family socializing, pizza, movie screening, and discussion*.
* There is a high possibility of having the director and producer of the film at the program, so stay tuned.
About the Film
"The Light in Her Eyes" is an official selection of the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. This film is produced in association with American Documentary and POV. 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 film is about Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher who 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.
About the Filmmakers
Julia Meltzer (Director, Producer)
Julia Meltzer is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She founded and directs Clockshop, a nonprofit arts organization that produces public projects and documentaries. Her film and video work with David Thorne has been awarded prizes at the European Media Art Festival and the Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival and has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, the Toronto International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Meltzer is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and she was a senior Fulbright fellow in Damascus, Syria from 2005 to 2006. She received her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her master of fine arts degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Meltzer is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proficient in the Levantine Arabic dialect.
Laura Nix (Director, Producer)
Laura Nix recently co-wrote California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. Her nonfiction work has been shown on HBO and the History Channel, in addition to being distributed internationally on DVD. She is the writer/director of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in more than 70 film festivals internationally and won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Award at Outfest. She produced the festival hit The Yes Men Fix the World, about the gonzo political activist duo of the title, and is currently producing their next film, The Yes Men Are Revolting.
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, children. Tickets are available at the door
For more information, email email@example.com or call 510-832-7600.
This program is in English and open to public.
Due to limited space and pizzas, RSVP's are strongly suggested by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pizza and Refreshments Will Be Served on a First Come First Served Basis.