Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Trembling Before G-d

2001 Israeli/French/American Feature

Cast: Shlomo Ashkinazy, Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Naomi Mark, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Dr. Yaakov Meir Weil
Director: Sandi Simcha DuBowski

Gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews relate their personal stories of how they struggle to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 89% / Audience: 62%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 8.6%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

  • DVD: Available

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  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film and Don Quixote Award - Special Mention.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for the Truer Than Fiction Award.
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Favorite Documentary.

  • The title is an allusion to the Hebrew word Haredi, which can be interpreted as "one who trembles" in awe of God. The spelling of the word G-d in the film's title reflects the Jewish practice of avoiding writing the name of God. By omitting the middle letter, the word is not written in full, thus eliminating the possibility of accidentally destroying the written name of God, which would violate one of the 613 Mitzvot of Judaism.
  • During the film's six-year production, director Sandi Simcha DuBowski met hundreds of homosexual Jews, but only a handful agreed to be filmed due to fear of being ostracized from their communities. Furthermore, those who agreed to be interviewed are shown only in silhouette or with their faces pixelized.
  • With a seed grant from Steven Spielberg, the creators of the film have set up the Trembling Before G-d Orthodox Education Project, the goal of which is to teach Orthodox educators and rabbis about homosexuality.
  • Following the success of Trembling before G-d, Sandi Simcha DuBowski produced A Jihad for Love, a documentary about gay devout Muslims.

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