‘Phoenix Rising’: 5 things you need to know about HBO docuseries
The film documents Evan Rachel Wood's story as she confronts naming her infamous abuser for the first time
Sexual abuse and domestic violence are just a few of the things that people do not like to address. And it takes a lot of courage on the part of those who have been victimized to come out and speak up. 'Phoenix Rising', a new two-part HBO documentary, digs beneath the headlines and analyses the often-misunderstood elements of domestic violence, shedding light on the myriad circumstances that prevent survivors from sharing their stories as they suffer from years of aftershocks and emotional trauma.
When does ‘Phoenix Rising’ release and where can you watch it?
Part 1 of 'Phoenix Rising: Don't Fall' will air on March 15 at 9 pm ET/PT, followed by Part 2 of 'Phoenix Rising: Stand Up' on March 16.
What is ‘Phoenix Rising’ all about?
The official synopsis reads, “HBO’s Phoenix Rising is a two-part documentary produced and directed by Amy Berg (HBO’s “The Case against Adnan Syed”), following actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds, and reclaim her story. Almost a decade after escaping a dangerous relationship, Wood co-authors and successfully lobbies for passage of The Phoenix Act, legislation that extends the statute of limitations for domestic violence cases in California. Wood courageously uses her own experience to bring visibility to the issue; ultimately, in solidarity with fellow survivors. On February 1st, 2021, Wood publicly named Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, as her abuser, free from the burden of silence, even as the promise of justice remains ambiguous. To date, no charges have been filed against Warner, who denies abusing Wood or any other person. Using archival footage, intimate home videos, and candid testimony from Wood and other survivors, Phoenix Rising charts Wood’s journey from silent victim to vocal survivor and her rise to a domestic violence advocate.
Connecting the dots between the progression of her relationship with Warner and phases of the clinical domestic violence cycle, Wood successfully lobbied for The Phoenix Act, which was signed into California State Law in 2019, extending the statute of limitations for domestic violence felonies from three years to five years. Phoenix Rising delves behind familiar headlines and explores the often-misunderstood aspects of domestic abuse, helping to shed light on the many factors that prevent survivors from coming forward with their stories as they deal with years of aftershocks and emotional trauma.”
Who stars on ‘Phoenix Rising’?
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood is a singer, actor, and model. For her work in cinema and television, she has received a Critics Choice Television Award, as well as three Primetime Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations. She also received praise for her strong performance in' Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler' as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke's estranged daughter.
Who are the showrunners?
Amy Berg produced and directed HBO's Phoenix Rising, a two-part documentary.