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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 »

Directors:

Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern

Writers:

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

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Robin Williams ... Himself (archive footage)
Oprah Winfrey ... Narrator
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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 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.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 2007 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghana

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

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African Dream
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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Emmanuel is not disabled. He redefines the meaning of the word.
11 November 2005 | by newportironmanSee all my reviews

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah shows us in this film what it means to confront fear, obstacles, and challenges, and overcome. This man, in spite of being born without one full leg, being abandoned by his father, and cast aside in a country where the disabled are shunned and ignored, decided on one course of action. And that was to become the best he could at whatever God put in front of him. He redefines what it means to be disabled and let things get in the way of becoming the person you want to be. Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have given us a lovely and inspiring portrait of a unique man. All of us so blessed with opportunities and unparalleled blessings would do well to watch, learn, and be humbled. The Free Wheelchair distribution scene Emmanuel organized for the people in his own home town is some of the most disturbing and touching video you can watch. Emmanuel long ago stopped thinking of himself. His heart is so outwardly focused that his example can only make us better people ourselves.


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