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Praying with Lior (2007)

Lior Liebling , Mordecai Liebling , Ilana Trachtman  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lior Liebling, Mordecai Liebling, Lynne Iser
  • Directors: Ilana Trachtman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NJ914I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,848 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Praying with Lior" on IMDb

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{New York Times Critic's Pick}

{5 Audience Awards-- Boston Jewish Film Festival, Washington Jewish Film Festival, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival}

{WINNER! 2008 Media Award AAIDD--American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities}

{WINNER! 2008 Media Award National Down Syndrome Congress}

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.


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

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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving stories I have ever seen. June 12, 2009
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I wanted to see this movie because I have a child with Down Syndrome and I am Jewish. In the end it was a story of a family and of love. I strongly recommend it for all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Fall in Love with Lior May 11, 2010
What a wonderful opportunity to take a peak into the life of a special boy with a big heart. I found this documentary to be educational, enlightening and inspiring. I highly recommend it and think it has something to offer everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring on so many levels May 11, 2010
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As the mother of a young son with Down syndrome, I was excited to watch this documentary. Lior is such an amazing young devout in his religion and such an inspiration to the people around him. Lior shows beautifully the depth of his understanding of God and people. He is a typical boy in so many ways...with a bit of a stubborn streak just like my son...yet he is also extraordinary in his religious fervor. It was great to see how the people around him were affected and how some of their fears and preconceptions were changed. You don't have to be Jewish (I, myself, am Christian) or have a child with Down syndrome to appreciate this movie. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars His mother's legacy June 12, 2009
By Mary M
Lior's mother, a rabbi, had everything to do with his success, even though the film doesn't touch much on this. She apparently spent much time with him in early childhood and gave him praise, feedback, inspiration, encouragement, love, understanding, and even wisdom. After her death, Lior continued to gain approval and inner rewards by 'davening' and becoming the "Little Rebbe"..a true son of his mother. This is not to say that Lior doesn't have a true spirituality, which is shown in his optimistic and loving nature.
I learned a lot about Down Syndrome from this film in addition to becoming, very briefly, a (viewing) member of a strong, close-knit family, both normal and abnormal at the same time. Very interesting and nicely done by the documentarian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely moving and inspiring August 5, 2012
By kp
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This film came up on Netflix as a recommendation. Immediately after I watched it I jumped on Amazon and bought two copies, and I have not stopped talking about it with my family. Lior and his family are amazing, and being able to peek into their lives during the period leading up to Lior's bar mitzvah is a gift. I am inspired with the loving way they treat each other, and the love and acceptance that is offered to Lior from the community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and heartwarming! February 15, 2011
By MrsT
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This video was fabulous. It spoke to the heart and really made you feel what Lior felt. I would highly recommend this video to anyone working with children with special needs or contemplating working with the special needs population.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praying with Lior is marvelous November 13, 2009
I viewed "Praying with Lior" recently and found it to be very uplifting. The title character, his family, and the community all show how a young man with Down's Syndrome can be a spiritual leader to those who know him. The film is now funny, now touching, now powerful. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praying with Lior May 31, 2010
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Absolutely outstanding. The journey of faith for all of us and presented through the life of Lior. I will admit that I have viewed the movie 6 times and each time I am moved by the Faith that Lior lives each day of his life. I also have had the wonderful blessing of meeting Lior, spending time with Lior and witnessing his faith in all his daily activity. Lior has truly beeb blessed by God and sent to minister to all of us. His story is compelling and so richly rewarding. The movie was well done, expertly produced and a must see for the Judeo-Christian Communities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it! Very well done! Gives hope to families with special needs children.
Published 6 days ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family film
A wonderful documentary film full of warmth. A true life journey that you share with Lior.
Published 2 months ago by Redwood Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary
This is my very favourite documentary! I have watched it and rewatched it! It was inspiring to watch Lior and his family as they grow closer together as they prepared for Lior's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Quillen
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this movie!
This is an excellently produced film and one I enjoyed seeing and sharing with others. I am pleased to actually see people in my neighborhood in Mt. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicholas R. Roby
4.0 out of 5 stars Can a Special Needs Person Have Faith?
I bought this as a gift for my confessor, a Catholic priest who is also a clinical psychologist. I thought the DVD answers the question, "Can a special needs person have... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mu Frith
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Must see!!!
It pulled on the strings of my heart. Being Jewish and having a child who was born with Down Syndrome, I certainly could relate!
Published 17 months ago by Do-do
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving!!
Very emotional and moving film. Told the story of a lovely family dealing with grief and problems with strength and faith. A lesson for all of us.
Published 18 months ago by Maida Aviad
5.0 out of 5 stars Praying with Lior
I like watching this dvd because it shows how they portray a boy who is Jewish and have Down Syndrome, I never saw that before in my life but I learned a lot about his religion in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Capital One Platinum
5.0 out of 5 stars Praying with Lior
The DVD was in excellent condition. The story was very moving and very insightful (from both Lior's and the family's perspectives).
Published on October 1, 2012 by B. Barrington critical review
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing & Just Plain Delightful
Through Lior's own joyful spirit and his story told on film by his parents from early childood we witness the wisdom and grace of a young man with Downes Syndrome who walks with... Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by Lindsay N. Bowker
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