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Documentary makes for compelling TV


It is late on New Year's Eve in a children's cancer ward, and a teenager lies unconscious -- near death. His mother is with him, straightening his blankets, smoothing the sheets, talking in a low, soothing voice.

The final moments of New Year's Eve in Times Square play out on a flickering wall-mounted TV set. The mother stops to watch the New Year's ball descend as the onscreen cheering mounts.

A Lion in the House will be screened at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 720 Rutland Ave., with filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert and Dr. Robert Arceci in attendance. Free. For tickets, visit The show will air 9 p.m. June 21 and 22 on MPT (Channels 22 and 67).

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