Artist Projects

Trembling Before G-d

Sandi DuBowski

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. 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.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Trembling Before G-d screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2003: Trembling Before G-d is nominated for Best Documentary DVD by the International Press Academy

  • 2002: Trembling Before G-d is nominated for the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards for the IFC/Directv Truer Than Fiction Award

  • 2001: Trembling Before G-d is named one of the 10 Best Films of 2001 by the LA Weekly

  • 2001: Trembling Before G-d has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival