Two Families, Two Lives, One Future. "A Gift of the Heart", Soon to Be a Movie, is a Powerful Story About Friendship.


Orlando, Florida - December 8, 2016 - (

​​​Two Families, Two Lives, One Future. “A Gift of the Heart”, soon to be a movie, is a powerful story about friendship. It is told with a thoughtful approach while depicting the heartache of cancer, prejudices and the struggle of crossing racial boundaries, both situations that are all too familiar in today’s world.

“A Gift of the Heart” by Andrew Heller opens in Cuba, setting the scene for main characters Juan and Ali. Juan and his pregnant wife Maria are contemplating life in Cuba under the Castro regime and are hoping for a better life one day. After their son Ali is born, the family begins the journey to America on a makeshift raft. Only Juan and Ali make it to shore.

Fast-forward 12 years to find Juan and Ali making a life as best they can in the United States. Ali befriends Sydney Goldberg and Adalia as his father struggles to provide for him with money he earns from an underground fight club. It is later discovered that Ali has an incurable brain disease and Sydney has a life-threatening heart ailment that requires a heart transplant. Continue reading

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