October 4, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108, USC Office of Religious Life, Interdisciplinary Research Group-Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC Annenberg Knight Program in Media and Religion, and Clockshop invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Light in Her Eyes

Directed & Produced by Julia Meltzer & Laura Nix
Followed by a Q&A with Julia Meltzer, Laura Nix & Monique Zavitovsky, moderated by Amanda Pope
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 4th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About The Light in Her Eyes

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.

Provided courtesy of Clockshop. Running time: 87 minutes. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

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About the Guests

JULIA MELTZER is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She founded Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization that produces public projects and documentaries in Los Angeles. Her film and video work with David Thorne, has been awarded prizes at the European Media Arts 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 Rotterdam International Film Festival.  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 was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005–6.  She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is proficient in the Levantine Arabic dialect.

LAURA NIX recently co-wrote CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: THE LEGACY OF PAT BROWN. Her non-fiction work has been shown on HBO and the History Channel, in addition to international DVD distribution. She is the writer/director of the narrative feature THE POLITICS OF FUR, which played in over 70 film festivals internationally, and won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest.  In 2001, Laura co-founded the production company Automat Pictures, where she directed dozens of presentations, including the feature documentary WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. As producer, she made the festival hit THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD about the political activist duo, and is currently producing their next film, THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING.

MONIQUE ZAVISTOVSKI (Editor) is the winner of the 2006 INSIGHT award for Excellence in Editing for her work on The Shape of Water, narrated by Susan Sarandon. Monique recently completed Circus Rosaire, which premiered at Slamdance and won Best Feature Doc and Audience Awards at the Sarasota, Memphis, Arizona, Swansea Bay, England, and Ft. Lauderdale Film Festivals. In 2009 she edited The Legend of Pancho Barnes and The Happy Bottom Riding Club, which won a 2011 Emmy Award and the Best Editing award at DOCUTAH, and worked with award-winning producer Evangeline Griego on her feature, God Willing, in conjunction with ITVS. Monique’s latest project, From the Shadows, has garnered international media attention and is a verite style doc about parental child abduction to Japan. She is an alumna of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

About the Moderator

Emmy winning Director Amanda Pope's directing, producing, writing, and editing credits over her more than 20 year long career include award-winning documentary, dramatic, and social advocacy programs.  Her work has focused on the dynamics of creativity in fine art, public art happenings, urban design, theatre and dance.  Her award-winning public television documentaries: Jackson Pollock Portrait, Stages: Houseman Directs Lear, and Cities for People have all been broadcast nationally on PBS.  Most recently she directed two awarded documentaries: The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club which was honored with a Los Angeles area Emmy in the arts and culture/ history category; and The Desert of Forbidden Art, co-directed, produced and written with Tchavdar Georgiev,just broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens and honored with CINE’s Masters Award for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking.

Amanda has served on the Board of New York Women in Film, the Women in Film Foundation in Los Angeles, and has been a jury member for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences student films, and the International Documentary Association’s feature documentaries.  Amanda is a Professor in production at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. (201)

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About the USC Office of Religious Life

USC’s Office of Religious Life sponsors a variety of opportunities for exploring the spiritual dimensions of your life and learning. We can help you find a religious home base or form a new group, handle an ethical dilemma or research a paper topic. The Office sponsors campus programs with a moral, religious or spiritual focus. It co-sponsors events with other university units and partnerships of student religious groups. And we are there for the entire USC community in times of celebration and loss, to offer benedictions at university convocations and to help organize memorial services as needed.

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About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

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