Trembling Before G-d
Sandi Simcha DuBowski
Release Date: 2001
Website: Official Website
Working Films created strategy with the producers while Trembling was still in production and brainstormed about the outreach strategy. Working Films also supported a screening and discussion tour of Trembling to Christian seminaries that asked future faith leaders to open their doors to gay and lesbian parishioners.
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. As the film unfolds, we meet a range of complex individuals - some hidden, some out - from the world's first openly gay Orthodox rabbi to closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians to those abandoned by religious families to Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts.