A Lion in the House


Scotiabank Theatre 8 Thu, May 2, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Festival Info
Festival Year:2006
Program Category:Outstanding Achievement Retrospective
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Mortality & Loss
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar
Producer(s):Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Executive Producer(s):Sally Jo Fifer
Editor(s):Steven Bognar
Kevin Jones
Jim Klein
Mary Lampson
Jaime Meyers
Julia Reichert
Cinematography:Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Composer:Tim Berger


This Emmy-winning epic documentary follows the lives of five families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. Filming over six years, after Reichert's own daughter survived cancer, the directors embed themselves with the kids and their parents, as well as the nurses and doctors at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Framed through such a personal lens, A Lion in the House transcends the normal tropes of illness and death. Reichert and Bognar's dedication to the subject matter reveals itself in the level of access the families grant them, but also in the film's length. At close to four hours, the film captures the funny, heartbreaking and mundane—and, importantly, finds hope. As one parent says: "We all carry the hard things we've been through for the rest of our lives. Somehow, we keep going." Kiva Reardon