Jewish Films

Jewish films are a wide category that includes a few main sub-categories as Holocaust and Israeli films. Jewish movies relate to films that deal with a wide range of issues and aspects that are related to Jewish tradition, Jewish history and Jewish experience as a whole. This category includes different genres such as documentary, feature films, comedy, historic films, Holocaust films etc.

The diversity of Jewish films are enormous, this diversity enables the viewer to have a glance into the culture and history of the Jew Jewish life but it is first and foremost an enjoyable cinematic experience. Also, sometimes movies are categorized as “Jewish” if either the film make, director, cast of the film: are Jewish. However, it is more accurate to define Jewish films as movies that examine one of the Jewish aspects very clearly.

A good example for a Jewish film that demonstrates the aforementioned is the movie, Trembling before God, an American doco from 2001. This film follows gay Jews who come from Orthodox families for a period of few years.

This extraordinary movie deals with homosexuality and its clash with Jewish religious life. Trembling before God reveals the dilemma of being religious and being have to abide to the “Halacha” (Jewish law) that forbids and prohibits homosexual relationship.

It exposes us to complex people, some are still in the closet (in the film you can see only the silhouettes) and some live openly accept their sexuality and still choose, in spite of the establishment rejection, to lead a religious way of life. The movie also includes surprising interviews with psychologists and different rabbis regarding the religious establishment towards homosexuality.

Trembling before God participated in many film festivals and received ten awards nominations winning seven out of the ten. The film was filmed with very simple and basic equipment and eventually transferred to 35mm film.