Trembling Before G-d

A FILM BY Sandi Simcha DuBowski

A remarkable film, for thoughtful people of all beliefs.
-Ray Conlogue, GLOBE AND MAIL
It is that dilemma -- a commitment to Orthodox life, the refusal to deny ones sexuality and the fear of expulsion once that sexuality is revealed -- that director Sandi Simcha DuBowski illustrates so powerfully.
DuBowski latches on to a provocative subject and invests it with a compelling tenderness.
-Elvis Mitchell, NEW YORK TIMES
To the films considerable credit, it focuses on the power of faith more than on the power of desire.
-Geoff Pevere, TORONTO STAR
NNNNN... a powerful documentary that brings into focus the anguish and despair felt by shunned homosexual Jews.


Trembling Before G-d is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. For the first time, this issue has become a live, public debate in Orthodox circles, and the film is both witness and catalyst to this historic moment. What emerges is a loving and fearless testament to faith and survival and the universal struggle to belong.

Original Languages: Hebrew, Yiddish and English
Genre: Documentary, GLBT, World Cinema
Running Time: 84 min.
Year: 2001


Sandi Simcha DuBowski