"Trembling Before G-d" is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about certainty, sexuality, and conscientious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told physical stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who confronting a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Superb with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that prohibit homosexuality.
Conjecture over and beyond a six year period in America, Israel and England, Trembling Before G-Ddemonstrates how the loud effort of theological dogma causes knotty fallible unhappiness. According to strict rabbinical teaching, homosexuality is an "abomination" (Levicitus, 10:13,), and Orthodox Jews who dare to come unlit of the closet veneer confront the prospect of being expelled from their yeshivas (religious schools) and synagogues, and of being disowned by their families.
The strength of the film is the forthright testimonies Dubowski elicits from his interviewees, some of whom contrariwise consented to participate provided they were given aliases and filmed in silhouette to veil their identities. There's the HIV-confirming Mark, who's been thrown old hat...
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