As an Ultra-Orthodox filmmaker working within her own community, Rama Burshtein offers a view of Haredi life rarely depicted onscreen. Raised in Tel Aviv, Burshtein graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem in 1995. She joined the Haredi community at age 27 and became part of a collective of Haredi women creating short films exclusively for other Haredi women, which both allowed women in the community to tell their own stories and avoid any breach of religious modesty. After 15 years of working on the script and trying to get financing and a cast, she released Fill the Void in 2012, her first full-length film for a mainstream audience. The film, which depicts the moral struggle of a young girl pressured to wed her dead sister’s widower, won eight Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscar) and earned acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. Burshtein followed this success with her 2016 film Through the Wall (released in the US in 2017 as The Wedding Plan), in which a jilted bride takes a leap of faith and decides to go ahead with her upcoming wedding, hoping that God will provide a groom.
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