The Arab Film Festival Texas opens on Friday, April 19, with a documentary "The Light in Her Eyes." Film synopsis:
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.
Film begins at 8 p.m. However, the opening ceremony for the Arab Film Festival Texas is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. You may wish to come early for the ceremony and full reception; however, we will plan to meet at 7:15 p.m. in the area where the reception is being held. Tickets are $5; free for students.