Trembling Before G-d

2001, Documentary, 1h 24m

62 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Trembling Before G-d looks at the effects of religious morality on believers whose sexuality falls outside the accepted norm with intelligence and compassion. Read critic reviews

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"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.

Cast & Crew

James Velaise
Co-Producer
Susan Korda
Film Editor
John Zorn
Original Music
Carol Sue Baker
Music Supervisor
Jon L. Fine
Music Supervisor
David W. Leitner
Cinematographer
Bill Seery
Supervising Sound Editor
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Critic Reviews for Trembling Before G-d

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Audience Reviews for Trembling Before G-d

  • Nov 30, 2012
    The idea for this documentary is great. Hearing about the reaction to gay and lesbianism in cultures is fascinating. The problem is the execution. It simply doesn't grip us. This is a lost opportunity.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2008
    very interesting- well made and fairly balanced.
    chase _ Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"Trembling before G-d" is a documentary about the difficulties faced by gay men and lesbians living in the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities where biblical passages have been interpreted to condemn homosexuality. Another obstacle is how tight knit these communities are, making it extremely hard for a person to come out of the closet, especially when they are expected to marry and have children.(Thus explaining why certain participants have their faces blurred for the camera.) It is very sad seeing people forced to live lies.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The movie talks to gays and lesbians in Los Angeles, Miami, Brooklyn and Israel, along with rabbis and psychologists in the community. Whereas some professionals are clearly empathetic, others simply ask their charges to change and conform.(By the way, I think the woman with 12 children is not depressed because of her husband's struggle.) In the end, it is much easier to tell someone what to believe than it is to tell them how to feel. And if god exists, then I would be sure that she loves gays and lesbians as much as everybody else. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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