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Tragedy, tradition make 'Fill the Void' a moving film

Hadas Yaron stars as Shira and Renana Raz plays her sister Esther in the Hebrew-language film "Fill the Void."
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Hadas Yaron stars as Shira and Renana Raz plays her sister Esther in the Hebrew-language film "Fill the Void."
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“Fill the Void” is an intimate, sensitive portrait of life, love, tragedy and tradition within the world of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews. Writer-director Rama Burshtein turns her camera on her own community and presents a tender look at people bound by faith, ritual and traditional gender roles. The story Burshtein tells reveals not just the patriarchy — where rabbis, fathers and matchmakers decide who marries whom — but the female power behind that insular “man’s world.” ...

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