Fighting Spirit

A documentary by Hans Offringa and Denise Kwant (Hogeschool Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands)

‘Fighting Spirit’ is a documentary by Hans Offringa and Denise Kwant. It tells the story of 22-year-old Mike Lingen. He was in the top 10 of the world in jiu-jitsu and was going to graduate from the sports academy. When he ended up in an accident on February 24, 2017, his life changed completely. A period of 2 weeks of coma followed. It was feared that if Mike woke up, he might never be able to function normally again. Miraculously, he woke up and surprises the people around him with the big steps he made.

Despite Mike’s eternal optimism, his recovery is not easy. Because of his brain damage and other physical injuries, he will have to accept that he is no longer the same. Mike used to fight at various world championships, last year he fought for his life and now Mike is fighting for the new goals in his life.

Fighting Spirit is a film that focuses on the importance of friendship, perseverance and fighting spirit.