Julia Meltzer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her work in film includes both experimental and documentary forms, and explores how human agency shapes the future. Her two most recent films, The Light in Her Eyes (2011) and Dalya’s Other Country (2017), focus on the lives of Muslim women in Syria and the US diaspora, and were broadcast on POV on PBS. Meltzer lived in Damascus as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in 2005-2006, a city to which she has returned many times. Meltzer’s film and video work has screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and toured with the Sundance Film Forward Program; it has also been exhibited in various art institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Meltzer is also the founding director of Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization in Los Angeles that organizes public programs and commissions artwork about contemporary issues. Julia has spoken at numerous universities including Harvard, NYU and UC Berkeley about Syria, women and Islam, and documentary filmmaking.