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Praying With Lior
     

Praying With Lior

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Director: Ilana Trachtman

Cast: Lior Liebling

 
The Lior in question, who not only stands at the center of Ilana Trachtman's documentary Praying with Lior but forms its heart and soul, is Lior Liebling, a Jewish boy with Down syndrome. Though Lior'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

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The Lior in question, who not only stands at the center of Ilana Trachtman's documentary Praying with Lior but forms its heart and soul, is Lior Liebling, a Jewish boy with Down syndrome. Though Lior'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 Lior 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, Lior will soon embark on his bar mitzvah, that rite of passage for all Jewish preadolescents; Trachtman captures every contour and nuance of the young man's experience as the event draws ever nearer, and witnesses the ways in which Lior's family and spiritual environment help to determine and mold his identity and sense of self at this critical time.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0720229913140
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
73,792

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus & deleted scenes; Family update; Filmaker biography; Educational resources

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Praying with Lior
1. Deeply, Deeply, Blessed [5:24]
2. Father and Son [12:24]
3. Closer to God [6:00]
4. In School [5:37]
5. Little League [11:19]
6. Brothers [12:06]
7. Shopping Trip [6:49]
8. Remembering Devora [4:11]
9. Pre-Bar Mitzvah Dinner [6:19]
10. The Bar Mitzvah [8:16]
11. Two Years Later [5:54]
12. Credits [3:19]

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Praying With Lior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Praying with Lior is a profoundly moving documentary. I do not use those words lightly, because if ever a documentary deserved the descriptors "profound" and "moving", this one does. The filmmaker immerses you so deeply into the fabric of Lior's family and religious community life, you feel a little left at when its over -- like you've moved away from beloved friends and family and without reason have lost contact. As his parents and siblings search for the reality of Lior's perceptions of God and of the world around him, and of himself, they ask incredibly honest questions while still recognizing the mystery of the spiritual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago