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Praying with Lior

Praying with Lior is a documentary by veteran filmmaker Ilana Trachtman that challenges our beliefs about who and how one speaks to God. The film follows Lior Liebling, a thirteen-year-old Philadelphia boy with Down Syndrome nicknamed "the little rebbe," for the four months that lead up to his Bar Mitzvah. The filmmaker brings to life a stirring story of how a community grapples with the particular gifts and handicaps of a special needs child, and how that child views meaning from his particular social location, Praying with Lior is as inspiring as it is educational.

Running Time: 
87 minutes

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