“Trembling Before G-d” is a film showing with an introduction and a panel afterwards, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in Albright Auditorium. The film is about Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay and lesbian — and the film should be of interest to all interested in the relation of sexuality and religion. Shot over five years in Brooklyn, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, London, Miami, and San Francisco, the film has won best documentary at the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Mayor's Prize for Jewish Experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Teddy Award for the Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at OUTFEST Los Angeles. The director of the film is Sandi Simcha DuBowski.
The film is also part of the 12 Windows series.
Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay and 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, viewers meet a range of complex individuals – some hidden, some out – including the world's first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians, those abandoned by religious families, and Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts. Ultimately, they are forced to question how they can pursue truth and faith in their lives.