Invisible Wings

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Invisible Wings (Chinese: 隐形的翅膀) is a swimming movie and a 2007 Chinese film directed by Feng Zhenzhi and starring the amputee Lei Qingyao. Lei plays Zhi Hua in a sobering tale based on her own life.


The film features the determination of a teenage girl, Zhi Hua (Lei Qingyao), who loses both her arms due to an electric shock while recovering a kite from the electric wires. Distraught, the Zhi Hua attempts to end her life but eventually finds a new will to live. She goes on to train her feet to do everything, such as writing, cooking, changing clothes and even making kites. She aspires to become a doctor but is denied admission and this makes her even more determined. Zhi Hua begins to train to become a swimming champion, beating all Olympic-level participants. Zhihua eventually goes on to become a national champion in swimming.

Open Water Swimming

Invisible Wings was listed as one of the Great Movies for Open Water Swimmers by the World Open Water Swimming Association and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.

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