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Lior Liebling ... Himself

Directed by
Ilana Trachtman 
Produced by
Erin Edeiken .... assistant producer
Roberta Morris Purdee .... consulting producer (as Roberta Morris)
Roberta Morris Purdee .... line producer
Ilana Trachtman .... producer
Original Music by
Andy Statman 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Grunberg 
Ari Haberberg 
Film Editing by
Zelda Greenstein 
Sound Department
Dan Walter .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
Brian Batka .... post-production assistant
Charlie Gelber .... colorist
Simeon Hutner .... additional editor
Erica Freed Marker .... assistant editor (as Erica Freed)
Rosie Nakamura .... assistant editor
Music Department
Brian Deming .... music score recordist
Other crew
Beckett Horowitz .... outreach supervisor
Lisa Hepner .... special thanks

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A cute story, but superficial, 30 October 2009
Author: Meredith P. (Etoile) from Washington, DC

This is a very cute story, but there could have been a lot more to it. The story is only about Lior's journey to his bar mitzvah, and there are only two brief moments of philosophical exploration. The first is when Lior's father says that Lior has fewer "veils" between himself and God, and the second is when a woman suggests that Lior is just imitating that which earned him praise when he was younger. There's a lot of room for philosophy here, and the movie could have been a lot longer. But it's not - there's only the story of a young man.

Praying with Lior is definitely cute. Lior himself is very high-functioning and I think this movie is relevant to both the Jewish community and intellectual disability communities. It's a fun watch, but don't look for too much in-depth philosophy.

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