L.A. Gains 39 Pounds of Love

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can now check out the feature film 39 Pounds of Love, an inspirational and humorous documentary about an Israeli man who manages to be a 3D animator despite suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

Directed by Dani Menkin, the film features some CG animation clips as it explores the life and loves of Ami Ankilewitz, a man who weighs just 39 pounds and can only move one finger on his left hand. The camera follows him as he parts with the woman he loves and returns to the United States to confront the childhood doctor who predicted he wouldn’t live past the age of 6. During the course of his adventure, he comes to terms with a major incident from his past and pursues his lifelong dream of riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

39 Pounds of Love recently won the 2005 Israeli Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. The pic made its West Coast premiere at the Nuart Theater in Santa Monica over the weekend and continues its run through Thursday, Dec. 8.