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Director DuBowski to present Trembling Before G-d at Doc Films Thursday, Jan. 30

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 30th at the University of Chicago’s Max Palevsky Cinema, there will be a free showing of “Trembling before G-d,” an award-winning documentary about Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian. It portrays a group of people attempting to reconcile a deep and sincere love of Judaism with strict Biblical prohibitions against homosexuality. The film introduces 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. The movie has been widely shown in Orthodox circles, where it has provoked unprecedented discussion. Director/Producer Sandi Simcha DuBowski, who recently took the film on a tour of Bible Belt Christian seminaries and showed it at the National Cathedral College of Preachers, will be on hand to discuss the film at 8:30 p.m.

The film, co-produced with Israeli television, has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival, the Mayor’s Prize for the Jewish Experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at OUTFEST Los Angeles. The film showing and discussion are sponsored by the Newberger Hillel Center, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Queers & Associates, Doc Films and the Center for Gender Studies. The Max Palevsky Cinema is located in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th St., on the University of Chicago Campus. The discussion will be followed by a reception in the Ida Noyes library The event is free and open to the public and parking is available nearby. More information is available at
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