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Praying With LiorIn Philadelphia, Lior, a boy with Down syndrome, is getting ready for his bar mitzvah. The moment that his rabbi father says, ''He's not stupid, he's...Praying With LiorDocumentaryPT87MUnratedIn Philadelphia, Lior, a boy with Down syndrome, is getting ready for his bar mitzvah. The moment that his rabbi father says, ''He's not stupid, he's...2008-02-13First Run Features
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Praying With Lior

Genre: Documentary; Director: Ilana Trachtman; Release Date Limited: 02/01/2008; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 87; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: First Run Features

In Philadelphia, Lior, a boy with Down syndrome, is getting ready for his bar mitzvah. The moment that his rabbi father says, ”He’s not stupid, he’s retarded — there’s a difference!” the theme of this bite-size, rewarding documentary comes into focus. It’s that the embrace of Lior — by his family, and by the Judaic community around him — completely transforms the way he feels about his mind. The boy has a penetrating spirit and a passion for davening (i.e., praying), and though the film gets a bit repetitive, in its moving climax Lior does more than just have his bar mitzvah — he earns it. B

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