The ultra-Orthodox filmmaker who filled the Hollywood void
'You want the free spirit all the time', filmmaker Rama Burshetein tells Haaretz. 'At 25, my free spirit involved eating shrimp. Having sex. Now I know that the only free spirit is the connection with Hashem.’
At 45, filmmaker Rama Burshtein has fulfilled the dream of many. Her debut feature, ‘Fill the Void,’ was highly acclaimed at the Venice Film Festival, snagged seven Israeli Oscars and is the country’s candidate for the Academy Award as best foreign film. What makes her story so special? She grew up secular and became ultra-Orthodox 20 years ago.
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