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Praying With Lior Details

  • Release Date: Feb 01, 2008
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  • Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Genres: Art House/Foreign, Documentary
  • Director:Ilana Trachtman


The Lior in question, who not only stands at the center of [[Performer~P474289~Ilana Trachtman~ilanatrachtman]]'s documentary Praying with Lior but forms its heart and soul, is [[Performer~P525109~Lior Liebling~liorliebling]], a Jewish boy with Down syndrome. Though [[Performer~P525109~Lior~liorliebling]]'s genetic condition debilitates him in many ways and on many levels, he clings to two inner sources of transcendence and strength: his irrepressible sense of humor and an unusually heightened faith in the religious beliefs and traditions of his forefathers. In fact, when [[Performer~P525109~Lior~liorliebling]] lapses into prayer (or davening) and worship, he enters a state comparable to a rapture, and his love spreads like a blaze to the others around him. He faces one of his most formidable obstacles familially, in the form of a new stepmother and stepsiblings, but instantly wins them over as well. Significantly, [[Performer~P525109~Lior~liorliebling]] will soon embark on his bar mitzvah, that rite of passage for all Jewish preadolescents; [[Performer~P474289~Trachtman~ilanatrachtman]] captures every contour and nuance of the young man's experience as the event draws ever nearer, and witnesses the ways in which [[Performer~P525109~Lior~liorliebling]]'s family and spiritual environment help to determine and mold his identity and sense of self at this critical time. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:February 1, 2008



Ilana Trachtman
Ilana Trachtman
Ari Haberberg
Slawomir Grunberg
Andy Statman
Composer (Music Score)
Zelda Greenstein
Roberta Morris-Purdee
Bill Markle
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Gnaldek
Sound/Sound Designer