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The Book/The HBO documentary
The HBO documentary is only a starting point for a book being developed about Ami Ankilewitz, a 3D animator in Israel who, due to a rare form of muscular dystrophy, weighs only 39 pounds and whose bodily motion is limited to a single finger on his left hand. Ami's story is truly inspiring, but more than that, it is deeply human; a revelation about the fragility of life as well as the power of everyday living. Writer Samuel Bernstein began working with Ami at his home outside Tel Aviv. While the HBO film follows Ami as he returns to his birth country of the U.S. and embarks on a cross-country journey to meet the doctor who once predicted he wouldn't live past six, the book will delve into Ami's whole life, revealing his inner self, his working life, and his family and romantic relationships. In many ways, Ami spends much of his life inside his own head, in an interior world of startling breadth and wonder. His mind never stops. Neither do his dreams.