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10 reasons to watch Rising Phoenix

Updated: Sep 2


Our Communication Expert and PR Liaison, Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik watched the new Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Movement, Rising Phoenix. She gathered ten reasons why you should watch it too.


1. Craving for some sports on tv?


Rising Phoenix premiered on Netflix on 26 August. The date was formerly set to coincide with the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Now, as the Games have been postponed and there is barely any live sport action on tv, the movie is a perfect way to fulfill your desire for some sport-themed content on the screen.


2. This is a brilliant sports documentary


If you like the genre of sports documentary, then Rising Phoenix gets you covered. It portrays motivation, dedication, rise and fall, all that is needed for a good sports documentary. Moreover, it truly reflects what the Paralympics are all about; determination, equality, inspiration and courage.


3. Entertaining for 1 hour 45 minutes


It is a feature-length movie, and it keeps you in front of your screen for 1 hour 45 minutes. It makes you think, laugh and possibly even cry a bit. Its visuals - including archive footage - and audio are amazing, the editing is beautiful. You will be locked in front of it.


4. A celebration of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann


The birth and early years of the Paralympic Movement is discussed by centering the fascinating story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the father of the Movement. Sir Guttmann’s vision and lifelong service to the Movement is emotionally told by his daughter, Eva Loeffler, who is also a key figure in the Paralympic movement.


5. Witness history running through the Paralympic Movement


A fundamental component of the film is that it discusses the most challenging times in Paralympic history. It candidly presents the impossibility of organising the Games in Moscow in 1980 and thoroughly describes the extreme challenges in delivering the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.


6. Hugely inspirational Paralympians


You will get to know the personal story of some highly inspirational para athletes. They are Paralympic champion Italian fencer Bebe Vio, six-time Paralympic champion Australian swimmer Ellie Cole, two-time Paralympian French track and field athlete Jean-Baptiste Alaize, Paralympic silver medalist American archer Matt Stutzman, two-time Paralympic champion British sprint runner Jonnie Peacock, three-time Paralympic silver medalist Chinese powerlifter Cui Zhe, two-time Paralympic champion Australian rugby player Ryley Batt, Paralympic silver medalist South African track and field athlete Ntando Mahlangu and eight-time Paralympic champion American wheelchair track and field athlete, Tatyana McFadden.


7. Prince Harry’s appearances


The Duke of Sussex is a long-time supporter of the cause of social inclusion and in particular, of people with disabilities. He appears in the movie multiple times, and each time he shares some incredibly powerful thoughts about the Paralympic Movement.


8. A pet cheetah


Nothing much to say here, Ntando Mahlangu’s pet cheetah, Savannah, pops up several times and she is beautiful.


9. Play “Where’s Waldo” with winter sports


If you are a winter sports fan, you might be excited to see some of your favourite winter Paralympic stories on screen. I have been too! Not wanting to seem greedy, but I hope that those two minutes 13 seconds of winter sports action are only a teaser for Rising Phoenix 2, which will focus on winter sports.


10. Rising Phoenix film score


To finish off the film, its theme song of the same title, plays. Composed by Daniel Pemberton, mastered by Alex Wharton and performed by Toni Hickman, Keith Jones and George Doman, the hip-hop track fits the movie perfectly. Pemberton told Abbey Road that “I went into this just wanting to get a cool end credits song and amplify some voices that I felt didn’t really get heard – and now I feel we’ve made something so much bigger than all of us combined that the whole world needs to hear it”. Without giving too much away, I just recommend you listen to the theme song as carefully as you’ve listened to what Prince Harry had to say.


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