The Lion's Mouth Opens

The Lion's Mouth Opens

Edited by Joe Peeler


This verité documentary is about confronting life’s most daunting moments with purpose and grace, and about the impact of genetic bonds and genetic testing on the people we love and on how we face our destiny. 

Directed by Lucy Walker

It builds emotions that many films struggle to capture throughout a feature running time.
— IndieWIRE
an espresso shot to the heart
— LA Times

Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014
Winner Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking, Cinema Eye Honors 2015
Grand Jury Award nomination, Sundance Film Festival 2014
Best Short Doc nomination, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014
Special Jury Mention for Best Short Documentary, Aspen ShortsFest 2014
Finalist, Best Short Film, Ashland Independent Film Festival 2014
Director's Choice Best Short Doc, Rincon International Film Festival 2014
Moving Mountains Prize nomination, MountainFilm in Telluride 2014
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short, Traverse City Film Festival 2014
Shortlisted for Best Documentary Short, Academy Awards 2015