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Congratulations to the winners of The Light in Her Eyes Premiere Party Pack Giveaway: Michael Parish (Tamarac, FL) & Laura Garmendia (Red Lion, PA)

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Ready to host your own The Light in Her Eyes Premiere Party? It's easy--red carpet not required! Here's a guide to getting started.


Set a date and place -- Invite as many people as you like to your home, school, community center or any location to watch The Light in Her Eyes on your television or laptop. The Light in Her Eyes will have its national broadcast premiere on Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Host your party the night of the premiere or during the first two weeks that the film is streaming online.

Invite your guests -- Use the Punchbowl invite template for an easy way to invite friends and family. Sign into Punchbowl for free and choose the Movie/TV theme to create your Premiere Party

Test your A/V equipment and check your local listings -- Make sure your TV or computer connection works before the big bash. And check to make sure that The Light in Her Eyes is airing at the right time on your PBS station by entering your zip code on POV's TV Schedule Page.

Watch The Light in Her Eyes!

Talk about the film -- Encourage your guests to share their insights and reactions. You can also give your guests a bit of context about the film (head over to the Film Description to read more about the film, and see what the filmmaker has to say).

One way to get a discussion going is to pose a general question such as:

  • If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would you ask and what would you ask him or her?
  • What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?
  • Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?

Or try a film-specific discussion question:

  • How do you define "feminism"? Does Houda's work fit within your definition? Explain your reasoning.
  • Houda describes education as a form of worship. In your view, how does it change education to approach it as sacred? How does this characterization of education provide women with an entree into the traditionally male sphere of the mosque?
  • In what ways is the hijab an expression of identity (like a Christian wearing a crucifix)? What are the implications of such visible expressions when they are adopted by or required for only one sex or the other? What other religious or cultural traditions ask women or men to cover their heads? How do the reasons for head covering in those traditions compare with the reasons that Houda gives?

Take pictures-- Take pictures of your party and upload them to POV's Premiere Party Flickr group

Tweet, Blog, Facebook-- We want to know who joined in, what you thought of the film and what you talked about. Blog about your party and send us a link, Tweet @POVengage to tell POV what you discussed, or Fan POV on Facebook and leave us a comment.

Take Action-- Find out more about the issues and learn how you can take action.

Tell us about your Premiere Party for a chance to receive a POV Prize Pack-- Visit the The Light in Her Eyes Premiere Party Entry Page two weeks after the Thursday night premiere (the contest ends at 5 p.m. ET two weeks after the national broadcast premiere) to tell POV about your experience and to enter the giveaway.Make sure to leave us your email address, and you may be selected to receive a POV Party Pack!

There will be two Party Pack winners for each POV broadcast for a total of 26 winners. All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will include all of the gifts plus a Sony a77 DSLR camera and lens (Retail value: $1,999).

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 29, 2013.