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Praying with Lior

A Film by Ilana Trachtman

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Winner of multiple awards and acclaimed by audiences around the world, Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a “spiritual genius.” Many believe Lior is close to God – at least that’s what his family and community believe – though he’s also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood – his Bar Mitzvah.

WINNER! Media Award, 2008 National Down Syndrome Congress
WINNER! 2008 Media Award, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

What the Critics are Saying

"Critics' pick! An extraordinary life." - The New York Times

"Captivating! One of the more uplifting true-life tales you're likely to see." - Los Angeles Times

"Triumphant! A small miracle!"- Washington Post

"! An utterly captivating heart-tugger surrounding the existence of a beloved, mysterious child. Seemingly, he has been touched by the hands of God. Or has he?"
- CBS Radio

"A crowd-pleasing delight!"- Variety

"Rewarding and moving!"- Entertainment Weekly

"An intriguing, profound and deceptively sumple portrait of how a young man’s faith illuminates his family and community."- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Mesmerizing. See the power of faith in action!"- New York Sun

"There have been a number of very popular documentaries about religion in recent years, but ‘Praying with Lior’ stands out as one of the most heartfelt and touching."- ABC News

"If you can watch ‘Praying With Lior’ without shedding a tear, it’s time for an emotional checkup."- Box Office Magazine


Read the piece about Lior Liebling in the Washington Post.

AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

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Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Bonus Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Biography
  • Educational Resources

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2008
Running Time: 87 minutes
Color: Color

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