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39 Pounds of Love (2005)

This is the story of Ami, a man who while unable to move any part of his body, still manages to move each and every one of us, as he teaches us a part of life's intimate dance.


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39 POUNDS OF LOVE is the heartwarming story of Ami Ankilewitz, an American-born Israeli who at the age of 1 was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy that renders him immobile, except for one finger, which he uses to work as a 3D animator. His doctor predicated he'd die before the age of six. Over thirty years have passed and Ami, weighing only 39 pounds, still survives and "loves life", he is considered one of the world's greatest medical miracles. The film follows a riveting cross-country journey that Ami took with friends across the USA to look for the doctor who thought he wouldn't survive. Written by Kim Fishman

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At birth he was given 6 years to live... at 34, he takes the journey of a lifetime.


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8 April 2005 (Israel)  »

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18 kila agapi  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,217 (USA) (25 November 2005)


$28,125 (USA) (20 January 2006)

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Dani Menkin first saw Ami in a Tel Aviv bar, and was instantly drawn to him. Arranging to meet Ami at his home some days later, Dani began a friendship with Ami that would eventually lead to making the film. See more »

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Most inspiring movie of the year
2 August 2006 | by (Palm Springs, Sunny California) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be a wonderful display of the human spirit. The joy and life that Ami projects to the people around him is uplifting to say the least. His humor about life was one of the most interesting things to me. "Oh s*** man! I can't walk!"

One of the reviewers claimed to have watched the film and wondered why he was so angry at this doctor, even though during the film he says that he is not - he is just on a journey to make a point about the human potential - and this film does a wonderful job of driving that home.

Personally, it has pushed me to expand my limits and not let other people set my own. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.

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