A 13-year-old girl stands in the forest and sees feathers growing in her hand. She rubs them away.
As a child, she and her father took walks in the forest. She watched as he grew wings and feathers. Her father reached for her hand. She let the feathers spring through the her hand and allowed her wings to emerge. They flew together in the sky. Back in the forest, he gives her his bird necklace. At home, she puts it around her neck and he gives her a kiss.
On her first day of school., she stands in front of class. During recess, she looks around and sees a group of her classmates playing with dolls. She thinks of her bird in her hand and runs. However, she trips on the concrete. Her wings and feathers pop out of her body. Her classmates laugh at her. She cries in her bedroom. Her father hugs her and brings her back to the forest. He reaches out his hand to her but she walks away.
As a teenager, she sits on her bed and closes her hands over her bird necklace. She puts it in her drawer. She tries to pull out her feathers. Her mother hands her a plate at dinner and she leaves the table.
At school, she sits by herself at lunch. One of her female classmates comes up behind her and scares her. Some of her feathers spring out and her female classmate laughs. She stares at her locker, graffitied with the word “freak” and wings. Her father gives her necklace and she breaks it from her neck.
During a thunderstorm, she flies in the air. Her father flies behind her and catches her as she falls. He turns to see lightning in the sky above them. She reaches for him as he’s struck and falls. She cries at the kitchen table and visits her father’s grave. In her hand, she stares at the bird necklace and closes it in her fist. It glows her in palm and she watches it flies by her face. She follows the bird necklace and flies above the clouds. In heaven, she turns to see to her father.
A feather pops out of the young woman’s hand while she talks with her boss. Her boss asks if she’s okay and that she can get her some bandages. The young woman says it’s a part of her. Her boss asks “how?” She says she it’s a part of her. She spreads her wings and says her father taught her to fly. Her boss gasps and stands with her mouth open. She adds that she doesn’t tell many people but she understands if she’s fired. Her boss says it’s not an issue and promises to keep her secret.
It took her a long time to appreciate her wings. As a teenager, she was shamed for having them. Her father tried telling her there was nothing wrong it and he would teach her how to control it. But she would have no part of it. She no longer wanted to fly with her father. He missed it, though. Whenever her wings opened, she wanted to hide. The humiliation stung her, even at home.
Her father saved her, though. During a dark period, she decided to fly towards the lightning. However, it was him who got killed by it. Her mother told her she wasn’t responsible. But she knew it was her fault. She wished she had one more chance to talk to him.
The bird necklace allowed her to see him. He told her he was proud of her and that she was growing up to the person he had always wanted her to be. She apologizes to him and says if it weren’t for her, he’d still be alive. He assures her that he couldn’t let her go. He had to try. She had so much ahead of her and he would do it all over again. She sobs in his arms.
Director: Zac Wong Year: 2019