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Emmanuel's Gift
Emmanuel's Gift
Actors: Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey
Directors: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
Genres: Documentary
G     2006     1hr 20min

Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, Emmanuel's Gift tells the story of a disabled orphan in Ghana, West Africa, whose father abandoned him, village dismissed him, and country thought him better off dead. This is the story of Emmanu...  more »


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Actors: Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey
Directors: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
Creators: Samson Chan, Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern, April Wilson, Meredith Paige, Elizabeth Massie
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/14/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 3/22/2012...
Extremely enjoyed Emmanuel's Gift because it was so inspirational!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT
Reviewed on 8/7/2009...
Motivational to the max! To paraphrase a speaker near the end, instead of saying, "Wow, look what they did despite great physical handicaps" you'll say, "I can do more with my life too!" --Kathleen
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deborah D. (pmdeborah) from YORK, PA
Reviewed on 4/10/2009...
A very good documentary. An engaging and uplifting story. Emmanuel was born with one of his legs deformed and in the country where he was born others with deformities are doomed to a life of begging. He was determined to overcome this.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Emmanuel is not disabled. He redefines the meaning.
John H. Sexton | Newport Beach, CA United States | 02/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
A gift from ghana
Daniel B. Clendenin | | 01/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"watched this film because the DVD blurb by Oprah Winfrey (who narrates a good portion of the film) encourages "every parent to take their children to see this movie." And how many films have you watched that are set in Ghana?! Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was born with a deformed leg and suffered all the disadvantages and humiliations you would expect in a third world country. His father deserted the family, then his mother died, but through perseverance of body, mind, and spirit, Emmanuel became a national hero as a champion of the disabled in Ghana. His initial feat was to ride a bike across Ghana on one leg to draw attention to the plight of the disabled; the rest of the documentary follows how this snowballed onto an international stage including visits with Kofi Annan (a Ghanaian), Robin Williams, and to even more remarkable athletic accomplishments. Emmanuel's "gift" involves a double entendre; he had his leg amputated and replaced by a prosthesis at Loma Linda Hospital in California, and of course his incredible story is a gift to all of us. Oprah was right; see this wonderful documentary about an incredible human being."
An uplifting film........
Brian Kerecz | PA, USA | 09/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A wonderful film about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah of Ghana, a boy who was born with a disfigured leg in Ghana. Because of this, his father abandoned the family after he was born. In Ghana, people with disabilities are looked down upon as being that way because of some type of karmic event, such as their mother or father did something bad so the end result is a child who is disabled. Because 10% of Ghana's population of 20 million are disabled, this is a view which must changed, and Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah saw this at an early age and set his mind to changing it single-handedly. His story is one of determination and utter perseverance, after writing for a grant for a bicycle to ride across Ghana with only one leg. His dream is achieved, but we soon find out that each dream of his only leads to bigger dreams. Eventually he meets with the King of Ghana (after a first ever meeting with disabled people in the palace) to put pressure on the government to pass legislation protecting the rights of the disabled.

More movies such as this should be made......they serve as inspiration to us all. 5 stars for the movie, but a very poor job is done with the DVD extras, as there are practically none at all! After a movie such as this, they have our rapt attention, and yet they do not capitalize on it!