Emmanuel's Gift

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Overview

While being born with physical handicaps presents challenges no matter where you're born or under what economic circumstances, in many respects it's even more difficult when you're raised in Ghana, a Third World nation where much of the country's population lives in severe poverty and conventional wisdom has it that those born with physical deformities have been cursed by the gods, and are fit to do little more than eke out a living as beggars. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was a 27-year-old Ghanan who was born with only...
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Overview

While being born with physical handicaps presents challenges no matter where you're born or under what economic circumstances, in many respects it's even more difficult when you're raised in Ghana, a Third World nation where much of the country's population lives in severe poverty and conventional wisdom has it that those born with physical deformities have been cursed by the gods, and are fit to do little more than eke out a living as beggars. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was a 27-year-old Ghanan who was born with only one leg; the shame led his father to abandon the family, but his mother was determined to see her son grow up with strength and dignity, and with the help of a prosthetic leg, Yeboah was able to walk and care for himself. Determined to show his countrymen that the handicapped were capable of more than most were willing to acknowledge, Yeboah contacted an American organization called the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and with their help, set out on an unusual quest -- learning to ride a racing bike, and then piloting it across the nation of Ghana. Emmanuel's Gift is a documentary which chronicles Yeboah's remarkable life and his courageous journey, as well as the impact it had on his family as well as on handicapped people throughout the African continent. Oprah Winfrey serves as narrator.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Emmanuel's US grade school educational tour footage; Scene selections; Previews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • UPC: 687797111791
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,648

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emmanuel Ofusu Yeboah Participant
Gordon Adoboe Participant
Bob Babbitt Participant
Jeffrey Essakow Participant
Dr. Christopher Jube Participant
Jim MacLauren Participant
Paul O'Keefe Participant
Dickson Ofosu Participant
Rudy Garcia Tolson Participant
Oprah Winfrey Voice Only
Technical Credits
Lisa Lax Director, Producer
Nancy Stern Director, Producer
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Samson Chan Cinematographer
Elizabeth Massie Screenwriter
Meredith Paige Editor
Alan Strusser Sound/Sound Designer
April Wilson Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Emmanuel's Gift
1. Opening Credits [4:11]
2. His Own Vision [7:04]
3. Standing Alone [4:14]
4. Thinking Big Pictures [7:50]
5. Overcoming Adversity [6:36]
6. Braving Surgery [7:39]
7. Bigger Things to Do [5:08]
8. Hero's Welcome [5:32]
9. Making Amends [7:59]
10. Political Action [12:40]
11. Emmanuel's Impact [8:24]
12. Ending Credits [2:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Emmanuel's Gift
   Play
   Scenes
   Set-Up
      Audio: 2.0 Stereo
      Audio: 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      About Lookalike Productions
      Emmanuel's U.S. Grade School Education Tour
      Educational Tour Photo Montage
      Filmmaker Nancy Stern
      Filmmaker Lisa Lax
      Challenged Athletes Foundation
   Previews
      Prince & Me 2
      My Date With Drew
      Mayor of the Sunset Strip
      Emmanuel's Gift
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Power of Determination

    An inspiring and dramatic portrayal of the overcoming of a handicap. You could really say that it is not only a personal handicap, but a national handicap of Ghana. After viewing this amazing film, I understand that through the efforts of Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern and Emmanuel, donations and wheelchairs are pouring into the country. It is an absolutely marvelous way for educational institutions and communities to become active in helping this poverty stricken, uneducated country. With the help of knowledge and vaccinations, maybe the rate of birth defects will be dramatically lowered. It is astounding the way the film transports you to the third world and you feel Emmanuel's pain. You are by his side as he travels from being a crippled child to a determined youth, and finally to a mature man creating and living his life as he chooses.....A wonderful, heartfelt production..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Emmanuel is not disabled. He was born without part of his leg.

    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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