Middle East Film Series: Fill the Void (Israel, 2012)


Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Weiner Auditorium, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

 fill the voidJoin a screening of Fill the Void (Israel, 2012) as part of the 2013-14 Middle East Film Series co-sponsored with Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative.  

Directed by Rama Burshtein, 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.

Pizza and soda at 6:00 PM
Screening starts at 6:15 PM

Contact: CMES Outreach Program
Sponsor(s): Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program, Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative