• Trembling Before G-d (2001)

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Release Date: October 24th, 2001

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 2003

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
"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.

Director: Sandi DuBowski

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: New Yorker Films

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  • The rigidity of most of the rabbis interviewed in the film is balanced by the presence of openly gay Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg, who offers a more liberal, but no less scholarly, interpretation of the Torah. show more

  • An unexpectedly moving family portrait of cousins we didn't know we had. show more

  • It's that dilemma -- a commitment to Orthodox life, the refusal to deny one's sexuality and the fear of expulsion once that sexuality is revealed -- that director Sandi Simcha DuBowski illustrates so powerfully. show more

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