A Lion in the House

( USA / 2006 )
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A LION IN THE HOUSE follows the stories of five exceptional children and their families as they battle paediatric cancer. From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, this series documents the stresses that can tear a family apart as well as the courage of children facing the possibility of death with honesty, dignity and humor.
As the film compresses six years into one narrative, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers who struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease.
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Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 225 min.
Theme: Children, Family, Health, Personal Story, Youth
Language(s): English
Director(s): Steven Bognar see all »
Producer(s): Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Cinematographer: Steven Bognar, Julia see all »
Editor(s): Steven Bognar, Julia see all »
A Lion in the House

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  • A monumental work destined to be considered one of the major documentary achievements of our time, A Lion in the House is among the most moving experiences one can have at the cinema. At four hours in length, its duration is an important part of this singular film. Its subject, five families who over six years cope with and confront the struggles of children diagnosed with cancer, is difficult and extreme. Yet the cumulative effect goes deeper than sadness, touching the core of human courage, compassion and strength. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (whose own teenaged daughter is a cancer survivor) document this story with respect and dignity. Intimate, intense and unflinching, A Lion in the House is ultimately an inspiring drama of ordinary people enduring impossible choices and uncertainty.
    - Sean Farnel, Director of Programming, Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival
  • An emotionally gripping, heart-wrenching, but also
    uplifting journey that takes us to the very core of the
    documentary impulse: that filmmakers be passionate,
    committed, persevering and unflinchingly honest in their
    pursuit of stories that touch us, that move us and ultimately -- that change us.
    2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Jury (Alan Berliner, Keith Brown, Jannat Gargi and Nathaniel Kahn)

awards & accolades

  • Sudance Film Festival - Official Selection
  • Independent Spirit Awards - Nominee Best Documentary
  • Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival - Best Documentary Audience Award
  • Nashville Film Festival - Best Documentary Grand Jury Prize
  • Full Frame Film Festival - Special Jury Citation
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Festival participation

  • Sudance Film Festival
  • Independent Spirit Awards
  • Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival
  • Nashville Film Festival
  • Full Frame Film Festival
  • Cleveland International Film Festival

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Additional Info


Production Company: Reverse Shot
Distribution Company: Films Transit

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