2013 Summer Israeli Film Series: Fill the Void (Lemaleh et Ha'halal)
This nuanced portrait of the ultra-Orthodox world won Israeli Academy Awards for best film and best actress and was celebrated at film festivals around the world. Eighteen-year old Shira and her family are struck by tragedy when her older sister dies in childbirth. As her sister's husband is pressed to remarry, her mother makes a startling proposition. Torn between her heart's desire and religious and family obligation, Shira must decide her future.
Made by an Orthodox woman, Fill The Void offers a unique exploration of the ultra-Orthodox world from an insider's perspective.