Synopsis

SYNOPSIS

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.

Many have been tragically rejected and their pain is raw, yet with irony, humor, and resilience, they love, care, struggle, and debate with a thousand-year old tradition. Ultimately, they are forced to question how they can pursue truth and faith in their lives. Vividly shot with a courageous few over five years in Brooklyn, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, London, Miami, and San Francisco, Trembling Before G-D is an international project with global implications that strikes at the meaning of religious identity and tradition in a modern world. 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.

Israel/France/USA, 2001
80 min., Unrated
In English Yiddish and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Color



FILMMAKERS

A Film By
Produced By

Co-Producers


Creative Collaboration/Editor
Editor In Israel
Composer
Music Supervisor

Post Production Supervisor
Cinematographers, USA






Cinematographers, UK
Cinematographers, Israel


Israeli Production Services
Producer
Co-Directors
Director Of Photography
Prod. Coordinator/Camera Asst
SANDI SIMCHA DUBOWSKI
SANDI SIMCHA DUBOWSKI & MARC SMOLOWITZ
JAMES VELAISE, (PRETTY PICTURES, PARIS)
PHILIPPA KOWARSKY, (CINEPHIL, LTD.
TEL AVIV)
SUSAN KORDA
JOHANNA PRENNER (FOR KESHET BROADCASTING LTD.)
JOHN ZORN
CAROLE SUE BAKER AND JON L. FINE
OCEAN PARK MUSIC GROUP
LIZZIE DONAHUE
DONNA BINDER, SANDRA CHANDLER,
MIKE CRIBBEN, JIM DENAULT, KEN
DRUCKERMAN, SANDI DUBOWSKI, KIRSTEN
JOHNSON,
KEVIN KEATING, KAREN KRAMER, JENNIFER
LANE, DAVID LEITNER, MARIE PEDERSON, BEN
SPETH, FAWN YACKER, ANDREW YARME
NOSKI DEVILLE, SANDI DUBOWSKI
NILI ASLAN, SANDI DUBOWSKI, ISSA FREIJ,
JACKIE MATITHAU, YORAM MILO,
YITZHAK PORTAL, ABIGAIL SPERBER
PHILIPPA KOWARSKY (CINEPHIL, LTD., TEL
AVIV)
SANDI DUBOWSKI
SANDI DUBOWSKI, SUSAN KORDA
DAVID LEITNER
YAEL BITTON