The Lion’s Mouth Opens

2013, 14 minutes, color, U.S.A., Shorts Competition

A stunningly courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable, supported by her mother and loving friends.

About the Director

Lucy Walker’s films include Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land, which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; Countdown to Zero, which also screened at the Festival in 2010; and The Crash Reel, which screened at the Festival last year. Her shorts include The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, which won the Jury Prize in Documentary Short Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Walker grew up in London, won a Fulbright to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has had two films nominated for an Academy Award. This is her sixth film to screen at Sundance.


  • Director: Lucy Walker
  • Cinematographer: Nick Higgins
  • Editor: Joe Peeler
  • Sound Design: D. Chris Smith
  • Producers: Lucy Walker, Marianna Palka
  • Sound Recordist: Lucy Walker
  • Co-Producer: Sabrina Doyle