Thursday, October 11, 2007

Autism the Musical at Mead Film Festival, also Praying with Lior

Autism: The Musical
Tricia Regan. 2006. 93 min. (US)
This joyous, unsentimental portrait of Elaine Hall and the children of the Miracle Project provides a glimpse into the lives of five families as they struggle with the ups and downs of raising a child with autism. The film follows the children over the course of one year and features a dedicated woman who believes that through a musical, these children will discover the world outside themselves.
Saturday, November 10
5:45 pm, Program F4
Co-presenter: Autism Speaks and Tribeca Film Festival
Discussion with director

Praying with Lior
Ilana Trachtman. 2007. 87 min. (US) NY Premiere
This film introduces Lior Liebling, also called the “little rebbe.” Lior has Down syndrome and has spent his entire life praying with utter abandon. Is he a “spiritual genius,” as many around him say, or simply the vessel that contains everyone’s unfulfilled wishes and expectations? As Lior approaches his bar mitzvah, different characters provide a window into life spent “praying with Lior.” The film challenges the way people with disabilities are perceived and received by faith communities.
Sunday, November 11
5:15 pm, Program F16
Co-presenter: The Center for Religion and Media at New York University
Discussion with director

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