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Emmanuel's Gift

G Released Mar 3, 2005 1h 20m Documentary List
82% Tomatometer 22 Reviews 85% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
This documentary tells the story of 27-year-old Ghanaian Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, born with a deformed leg. The disabled are often disdained or even murdered at birth in Africa, but Emmanuel is determined to be a part of society. After receiving a bicycle, thanks to a grant for handicapped athletes, Emmanuel rides across Ghana, challenging stereotypes in the process. Emmanuel travels to America to receive a prosthetic leg and spreads awareness of human rights for the disabled everywhere he goes. Read More Read Less
Emmanuel's Gift

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A powerful real-life story that's strong enough to overcome the Hollywood touches added in its telling, Emmanuel's Gift is an uplifting celebration of the human spirit.

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Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner. Nov 29, 2005 Full Review Eleanor Ringel Cater Atlanta Journal-Constitution Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story. Rated: B- Nov 3, 2005 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post A documentary about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a one-legged young man from Ghana, Africa, who overcame his handicap to ride a bicycle across his country, among other amazing achievements. Rated: 3/4 Oct 28, 2005 Full Review Chelsea Bain Boston Herald Rated: 3/4 Oct 21, 2006 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com [It] is essentially a too-long overcoming-the-odds clip that helps fill up a hole or two in the Olympics TV schedule. Back to you, Bob Costas. Rated: 2/5 Apr 4, 2006 Full Review MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher [E]xtra poignant not just because it's true but also because of the refusal of directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern to pander to easy sentiment or to place Yeboah on a pedestal of superhumanity... Jan 3, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member What an incredibly inspirational film. It starts out slowly, and you begin to wonder if watching this is worth it, but the directors continue to reveal layer after layer of the story that makes what happens all the more amazing. I would highly recommend watching this. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Inspirational story! Everyone should check this out then we should reevaluate how we can make the world around us better...together! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing, exceptional.... one person can do so much!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A fantastic movie. Such a moving story that makes you so grateful for living where you are. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Makes what your going through look easy. You will bawl your eyes out on this one. You will know what you can do when you see him overcome. See his actions turn into beautiful results in front of your eyes. I want that Disability Bill to pass in Ghana. :) I want to be as determined as him. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member just saw this. It was really inspiring. And really makes me think, both of what kind of limitations I put on poeple who I think of as unable, and of what I keep my self from doing because I see some sort of barrier. now to just change my thinking. then hopefully my actions will change. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis This documentary tells the story of 27-year-old Ghanaian Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, born with a deformed leg. The disabled are often disdained or even murdered at birth in Africa, but Emmanuel is determined to be a part of society. After receiving a bicycle, thanks to a grant for handicapped athletes, Emmanuel rides across Ghana, challenging stereotypes in the process. Emmanuel travels to America to receive a prosthetic leg and spreads awareness of human rights for the disabled everywhere he goes.
Director
Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
Producer
Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
Rating
G
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 3, 2005, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 13, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$23.6K
Runtime
1h 20m