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Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

Robin Williams , Oprah Winfrey , Lisa Lax , Nancy Stern  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey
  • Directors: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
  • Writers: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern, Elizabeth Massie
  • Producers: Lisa Lax, Nancy Stern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDSS18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Emmanuel's Gift" on IMDb

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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 Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who had nothing, but gave everything--and changed a nation forever.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmanuel is not disabled. He redefines the meaning. February 10, 2006
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift from ghana January 24, 2007
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Emmanuel's Gift" follows the life of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, born disabled in Ghana in 1977. In the land where, according to this documentary film, ten per cent of the population is born disabled and many of them have to beg in the street to live, Emmanuel sets out to make changes. His first step is a rather unique one, which is to write a letter to Challenged Athletes Foundation and ask them to send a bicycle to him. The Foundation agrees and Emmanuel rides the donated bicycle across Ghana to prove what he can do before the people.

Unfortunately the film does not have much footage of the sports activities of unstoppable Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who even participates in triathlon race using an artificial limb. (He underwent the operation to use one in America in 2003 when this documentary film project started.) Still you will be amazed by his strong will and determination and will also be attracted to his good, charming personality.

The 80 minute film directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern moves fast and slick with Oprah Winfrey's narration, but perhaps some may say it is too fast. The social background of Ghana could have been explored more as well as the hardships Emmanuel and his mother must have suffered (her wonderful personality, it is clear, had a profound influence on the character of her son).

Still the documentary, short as it is, is a precious record about a person who made a difference.

(As to the Robin Williams credit, remember that he only appears in archive footage and that's about 30 seconds.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Powerful Exciting Success Story! September 6, 2006
It was one of the lowest points of his life... This is when Emmanuel connected with his true deep-down all-encompassing thirst and hunger to achieve his ultimate core desire - Emmanuel wanted to make life better for all of the disabled in Ghana.

Emmanuel decided to make it happen. His first project: Show everyone what a disabled person could do - Emmanuel was going to ride a bicycle across Ghana!

What an incredible success story!

This is a touching story which I actually first found as a DVD movie at our local Hollywood video store as I was browsing for something worthwhile to watch (that is such a chore these days).

After I had seen it and was moved to tears, I set my whole family down to watch this inspiring story together.

After renting it, I came here to to purchase this DVD because it is a keeper!

As Oprah Winfrey said, "I think every parent should go take their children to see this movie because it will change the way your children think about what they can do and can be."

As a happily married father of six I wholeheartedly agree!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and informative January 11, 2007
By G. Carr
Would have rated it a five star for impact! We watched it with our grandchildren ages 5 and 7, stopping it along the way to explain and answer their questions regarding disabilities in general and what they were observing in the film. They were mesmerized by what they were seeing and by the courage and perserverence which Emmanuel demonstrates. At times it is hard to understand and moves at a clip which required us to replay many sections in order to follow. Highly recommend for helping children become more comfortable with special needs members of their community. Emmanuel's commitment to use what was given to him to overcome his own limitations and in turn use his gifts for the benefit of others is an invaluable lesson for all of us and especially for children in their formative years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this documentary forcefully states the proposition that challenges and...
As inspirational as possible, this documentary forcefully states the proposition that challenges and setbacks can make a person bitter or better. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Rod Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very inspirational.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Great movie. Loved it. 5 stars +
Published 2 months ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A perfect human interest story and worth the price. Very moving.
Published 2 months ago by CAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring
I show this to my middle schoolers at the beginning of the year to get them motivated. Great inspiring story.
Published 5 months ago by Tambo
4.0 out of 5 stars A little long, but interesting and inspiring
This film is well made and well narrated. It documents the story of one amazing young man growing up in Ghana with a disability, and shines a light on the difficulty faced by those... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcella Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I used this in my English class, when we were learning about Mandela. It's important that students understand that Africa is not a country but a continent of many many countries. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Crissy Crosses On Etsy
4.0 out of 5 stars A man with a view...of the future.
This is a phenominal (sp) man. His deformity was for a reason, and God knew he would be up for the challenge set before him. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nomie
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the bar by the Way you choose to live!
I believe Emmanuel's story embodies this,
he changed mindsets and cultures, he competed against odds,
his legacy is not only a gift to his countrymen but to the entire... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Great movie showing how one person can make great changes in their world through hope and determination. Very much worth watching!
Published 11 months ago by R. Batt
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