Trembling Before G-d
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Masterfully directed by Sandi Simcha Dubowski, the film boasts a wonderful, joyous soundtrack by John Zorn that conjures up the biblical underpinnings and zest of the Jewish faith. The filming of people behind a white screen so that they appear as dark silhouettes against a light backdrop, at times, to show moments in the religious life of those of the Jewish faith is also striking and very powerful, as well as aesthetically pleasing. This was done because so many who participated in this film refused to appear on screen, so as to avoid ostracism within their respective communities. The final result is visually mesmerizing.
It took the director six years to get enough people who dared to speak out on film about this issue. Some of them are out of the closet, but a number of them are not. Some of them, mostly women, are, in fact, married to a member of the opposite sex, despite their sexual orientation, mostly quite unhappily.Read more ›
No single point of view is proffered as the correct one; instead each person's particular difficulties are laid out for our consideration. Some remain sympathetic to their faith; some have all but abandoned it.
As a former fundamentalist Christian, I identified with the inner struggle these people endured - the sometimes awful tension between what one has been raised to believe and what one's heart has come to intrinsically feel. And having known a few gays within fundamentalism, too, I have to wonder, how do they stay? What must their struggle be like?
Congratulations Mr. Dubowski on a fine and worthy effort.
I would also hope that viewers realize that this is not the last or only film on this topic, but one of the first, and that a flawed film is better by far than no film at all. It didn't have a Hollywood Ending especially for the individuals it portrayed who hoped it might be a catalyst for such an outcome - especially David. It may not satisfy everyone because it wasn't "fair and balanced", because it didn't attempt to be encyclopedic, because it couldn't hope to be unbiased except with respect to the empathy and sincerity it treated the people who appeared in it. There is no shanda (shame) in having a point of view. Yet how can you offer your work as Tikkun Olam when a community doesn't think there's anything in their life on the issue of sexuality and sexual identity that needs repairing? The isolated negative reactions of the conservative voices in the film and beyond are predictable because someone outside of their recognized authority structure is setting the agenda, exposing a neglected and painful issue, and they are forced to react. What is truly amazing is how the orthodox community's curiosity and sense of support for viewing the film and discussing it overcame their natural reticence and shame, and their leaders' sense that the time had come to make this very private issue a topic of public debate.Read more ›
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this is a great documentary but the picture quality is terrible, making it unwatchable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had seen this years ago and ordered it because I chose it for a class project for a cultural anthropology class I was taking. It arrived early. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathryn
As a non-Jewish person, I found this movie enlightening. Sad that religion tends to separate folks from family and friends.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Tyler
A beautiful study of the sadness the religious feel between realizing their true selves and what their co-religionists say G-d expects of them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tao S. Moran
It was moving, poignant and revealing. Much heartbreak and pain. My students in my Cultural Competency and Diversity stated it was an eye opener.Published 20 months ago by BulldogBaby
HOPEFULLY THIS FILM WILL OPEN DIALOGUE WITH THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY. ORTHODOXY WITHOUT AWARENESS OF FELLOW JEWS SUFFERING IN ISOLATION IS MERE RELIGIOSITY. Read morePublished 22 months ago by PHILO-SOPHIA/SHECHINAH
A very worthwhile film that must have considerably impacted society. I have seen it three times and bought it to show to others. Highly recommendedPublished 23 months ago by Helene