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Riham, a young girl in Syria, dreams of furthering her education and becoming a pediatrician. She hopes that even after marriage, she can continue her studies and reach her goals. However, her family wishes her education to end with high school so that she can marry young and become a good wife as theirs customs dictate.
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Dr. Iman Al-Jabi, a dentist in Syria, lives a pious life, obeying religious laws, while shrugging off the typical gender roles assigned to women by cultural norms rather than the faith of Islam itself.
The filmmakers of 'The Light In Her Eyes' talk about their portrait of a leader, filmed before the start of the Syrian uprising, who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam without giving up their dreams.
Hind Tabab, one of the teachers at Houda al-Habash's school, explains how her extensive education led her to being a teacher. Holding degrees in various subjects, she works as an English teacher at a public school in addition to teaching the memorization of the Qur'an.
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