After only a quick glimpse in a Tel Aviv grocery store of the young man that her parents have chosen for her husband, 18-year-old Shira feels that her future happiness is assured. A tragedy threatens to upset those plans and overwhelms the teenager as she comes to realize that the fate of her family rests in her hands. Writer/director Rama Burshstein focuses on a population rarely captured in film, her own Orthodox Hasidic community. Her closely observed romantic drama is packed with detail not just about matchmaking, marriage rituals and relationships between women and men within the Orthodox community, but also religious observance, mourning and simple day-to-day life. Burshtein takes equal inspiration from the works of Jane Austen with something of Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett in Shira, a young woman who understands familial duty but still harbors a dream of getting what she wants: love. Burshstein’s feature debut, Israel’s 2012 Oscar submission, received 13 Israeli Film Academy Award nominations, winning seven, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director.