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Published on Apr 12, 2016
Football is not just a matter of life and death, it's much more than that.
Ok so we might be paraphrasing Bill Shankly here, but it pretty much sums up this touching and access-all-areas documentary about China Women's Under 17 Football squad.
Created by first time director YANG YANG, the documentary follows head coach GAO HONG as she prepares her star players for the 2014 Fifa Under 17 World Cup in Costa Rica. Injuries, suspense and thrilling goals follow.
Football has been a constant in Gao Hong's life for the past 20 years, with its influence reaching far beyond the pitch. Alongside the tactical skills they need, Gao Hong tries to impart to her players the role football can play in their life.
Could China really be the next footballing super-power? With coaches like Gao Hong and talent like Cui Yuhan, you'd better believe it.
BACKGROUND TO THE FILM Wings of Football was directed by Chinese director Yang Yang. It is one of 6 short films created by international directors, focusing on individuals in China living out their hopes and dreams. The films were inspired by China's President Xi's idea of 'the Chinese dream', which he talked about in his first address as Head of State in 2013.
The idea of there being a “Chinese Dream” – something comparable to the famous “American Dream” but also quite different from it, and essentially Chinese in its nature – became a popular topic for Chinese conversation and media.
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Thirsty Earth by British director Patrick Carr; What is Glory? by British director Daryl Goodrich; Simon Ma by Chinese director Gao Xiaolong;
Flamenco Pearl by French director Georges Morere; Happy Factory by Spanish directors Enric Ribes & Orlol Martinez.