A Lion in the House: Part 1

A Lion in the House: Part 1

By Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert

  • Genre: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
  • Release Date: 2006-01-20
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Director: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


An intense and deeply moving film, A Lion in the House enters the lives of five American families who each have a child battling cancer. Having fought the disease with their own daughter and having been granted unprecedented access to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert follow these children and teens through years of treatment and uncertainty. This multi award-winning documentary chronicles the arduous daily realities of the children and their families through hospital meetings, counseling sessions, personal interviews, and numerous encounters between parents and doctors, offering an acutely intimate glimpse into the long-term struggles of both patients and caregivers. It captures the agonizing decision-making processes that surround experimental treatments; the challenges of reclaiming life and normalcy in the aftermaths of the disease; and, most difficult of all, the moral and emotional turmoil of determining how far one can go in fighting for a child's life when there is little chance of survival. Despite narrating a harrowing and often heartbreaking journey, A Lion in the House resounds with the vitality of the children determined to keep their spirits unbroken, the inestimable strength of their families, and the incredible resilience of the human heart.