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Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

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If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned, or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you're likely to be hidden away in... See full summary »


Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern


Lisa Lax, Elizabeth Massie (as Liz Massie) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Robin Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Oprah Winfrey ... Narrator


If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned, or left to die by your family; and if you are not poisoned or left for dead, you're likely to be hidden away in a room; and if you're not hidden, you are destined to spend your lifetime begging on the streets. Of the twenty million people in Ghana, two million are disabled. This is the story of one disabled man whose mission-and purpose- is to change all that forever. In Emmanuel's Gift, filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have uncovered a story as compelling as it is important. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film chronicles the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young Ghanaian man born with a severely deformed right leg, who today, against incalculable odds, is opening minds, hearts and doors-and effecting social and political change throughout his country. While Emmanuel's message is vital: people with disabilities are valuable contributors to any society, his method is inspirational. Emmanuel begins his ... Written by Anonymous

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He's like no one we've ever known, but he's all we aspire to be.






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Release Date:

30 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,642, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,578, 6 November 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital
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Referenced in 30 for 30: Unmatched (2010) See more »


No Saint
Written by Abdoul Aziz Diop & Lena Fiagbe
Performed by Wasis Diop
Courtesy of Universal Music S.A. France
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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his gift
15 July 2006 | by mgallelliSee all my reviews

What a beautiful gift to receive from a man half a world away! The magnificent cinematography of Samson Chan, the deft production of Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, and music by Jeff Beal (espeically the infectious Sengalese rhythms of Wasis Diop's "No Sant") come together for a truly uplifting experience. I was taken into the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah as he accepted challenge as opportunity, and transformed pain into joy. As he rose above the poverty and oppression in his life, I was reminded that it is I who have the disability when I see someone as less than whole. Don't be fooled by the dismissive reviews from some of the major print reviewers (NYT, etc.). Just open yourself to the experience and you will be moved. My viewing of this fine film comes via The Spiritual Film Circle, which consistently provides access to soul-nurturing cinema.

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