Trembling Before G-d

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Released 2001

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Director:
Sandi Simcha Dubowski
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Two hot-button issues -- homosexuality and religion -- are thrust together in this revealing documentary by Sandi Simcha Dubowski. Gay and lesbian Jews who have been cast off by their families and by religious figures are interviewed in major metropolitan areas across the globe. Even in societies where homosexuality is gaining acceptance, many of those interviewed still struggle with balancing an intolerant faith with their sexual orientation.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Director Sandi Simcha DuBowski latches on to a provocative subject and invests it with a compelling tenderness.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    DuBowski has cast admirably far and wide for his interviews, giving the work global scope. In some instances, DuBowski is pretty clearly a proactive documentarian, inspiring some o...

  • 60

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    While seemingly insoluble divide between personal identity and collective belief lends the documentary an intense focus, it's also a narrow one.

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Gay & Lesbian, Religion & Spirituality, Profile, Politics, Culture