The film, directed by Ilana Trachtman, is about a Jewish boy who has Down syndrome and is preparing for his bar mitzvah after losing his mother at age 6. Many in Lior’s family and community believe Lior is close to God, although he’s also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. According to the film’s website, “Praying with Lior” is the centerpiece of an ambitious outreach campaign to change the way people with disabilities are perceived and received by faith communities.
“Praying with Lior” won audience awards at the Boston, Washington, San Diego and Vancouver Jewish film festivals as well as 2008 media awards from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Congress.
The discussion will include submitted commentary from the director. For reviews and trailers, visit the film’s website. For more information, email Ellie Hughes of the Film and Communities Living-Learning House.