Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Light in Her Eyes (2011)

IMDb plot summary: Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur'an school for girls in Damascus, Syria when she was just 17 years old. In a world rarely seen, The Light In Her Eyes tells the story of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, the film is an exclusive look at a social movement thriving in a country controlled by a repressive regime.
Directed by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix.

I am always fascinated by stories of people who strive to be progressive while also wanting to remain true to the traditions of their faith. That's a story that's not told about Muslims nearly enough. There's a bit of an assumption among too many Americans that the only non-radical Muslims lives in western countries, and seeing this story is a beautiful counterpoint to that. Houda is not abandoning her faith by encouraging girls and young women to become educated, she is simply determined to find out and teach what the Quran itself says, rather than just blindly following the non-Scriptural traditions held to by other Muslims. It's fascinating and important to see the overall positive response toward her and her school taking a step forward for Muslim women. Really interesting.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Light In Her Eyes > Arthur Christmas
The Light In Her Eyes < Argo
The Light In Her Eyes > Munich
The Light In Her Eyes > The Mummy (1932)
The Light In Her Eyes > Source Code
The Light In Her Eyes < Oscar
The Light In Her Eyes > Before Sunset
The Light In Her Eyes < The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Light In Her Eyes < I Heart Huckabees
The Light In Her Eyes > Frankenweenie
The Light In Her Eyes > My Date With Drew

Final spot: #635 out of 2342.

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