EXCLUSIVE: One of the films premiering in Documentary Competition at Tribeca Festival has been in the making for an astonishing length of time – 21 years.

Sabbath Queen, directed by Sandi DuBowski, follows Amichai Lau-Lavie’s journey “from radical drag queen to influential Rabbi of a God-optional, artist-driven New York synagogue.” To call Lau-Lavie a man of many dimensions would be quite an understatement. A 2014 New York Times profile described the then rabbinical student as “a gay man who lives in the East Village — a fan of the Smiths and Emily Dickinson, a father of three, [and] the creator of a drag character named Hadassah Gross.”

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"Who is the Sabbath Queen?" - Sabbath Queen Sermon, June 2024