Praying With Lior

2008, Movie, NR, 88 mins

Praying With Lior
Ilana Trachtman's portrait of Lior Liebling, an adolescent born with Down syndrome who is renowned within his close-knit Jewish community as a "spiritual genius," is thoroughly heartfelt. But though Trachtman alludes to the impact that Lior's special needs and local fame has had on his family, she seems uninterested in exploring the larger history of beliefs and traditions concerning mentally challenged people and their closeness to God.

The film opens with home-movie footage of Lior as a small child, happily singing with his mother — not nursery standards like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," but the traditional Shabbos song "Shalom Aleichem." The son of Recon...

Released: 2008 Rated: NR Length: 88 mins

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