39 Pounds of Love is the heartwarming
story of Ami Ankilewitz, an American-born Israeli who at the age of 1
was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy - Spinal Muscular
Atrophy. His doctor predicated he'd die before the age of six. At the
age of 34 Ami takes a riveting journey across the USA to look for the
doctor who thought he wouldn't survive.
On the road trip, taken in a rented recreational vehicle, Ami creates memories with his friends, makes peace with his brother, and realizes his dream to ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle. One of the great quotes from Ami is that he “has the soul of a Harley Davidson.”
Created by independent film maker Dani Menkin 39 Pounds of Love is an emotional roller coaster, a fascinating, humorous and truly inspirational ride through life with a man who overcame his fate. Dani first saw Ami in a Tel Aviv bar, and was instantly drawn to him. Arranging to meet Ami at his home some days later, Dani began a friendship with Ami that would eventually lead to making the film.
This independent film will appeal to a wide range of audiences including; the Israeli Jewish community, those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy or Spinal Muscular Atrophy, computer animators, individuals seeking an uplifting and motivating viewing experience, and even those who just have an affinity for Harley Davidsons such as members of a Harley Owners Group.
Ami now lives in Israel and is immobile, except for one finger, which he uses to work as a 3D animator. Ami uses his skills as a computer animator to skillfully construct a story of animation that parallels his moving journey in the movie.
This film is produced and distributed in association with HBO / Cinemax Documentary Films. It has received the following awards: Best Documentary Israeli Academy of Film and Television 2005 OPHIR Awards, Palm Beach Film Festival, Best Documentary Tahoe Reno Film Festival, Audience Award Boston Jewish Film Festival, and Audience Award Tallgrass Film Festival.
Worth seeing in a local movie theater or rent or buy the DVD. Groups can schedule a private screening of the movie.