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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Middle East Film Series: Fill the Void

Please join us for a screening of Fill the Void (Israel, 2012) directed by Rama Burshtein. Pizza and soft drinks will be available at 6:00pm. The film will start at 6:15pm.

This event is co-sponsored by the Outreach Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

About Fill the Void:

Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited.

On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira's promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay - the late Esther's husband - to a widow from Belgium. Yochay feels it's too early, although he realizes that sooner or later he must seriously consider getting married again. When the girls' mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart's wish and her family duty.

  • Location:
    Weiner Auditorium, Taubman Building
  • Date:
    Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Time:
    6:00 PM

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