'Rising Phoenix': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's Paralympic Games documentary

'Rising Phoenix': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's Paralympic Games documentary
Paralympic athlete Bebe Vio in 'Rising Phoenix' (Netflix)

'Rising Phoenix' is a sports documentary coming to Netflix this August and features Paralympians from all over the world as we unfold their extraordinary stories. The Paralympic Games is considered to be the third biggest sporting event globally and has open the eyes of many when it comes to the accomplishments of the differently-abled. The documentary is said to speak about disability, diversity, and the potential for humans to exceed expectations, especially when they are told they can't. Here is what we know of the upcoming release.

Release date

'Rising Phoenix' releases on August 26, 2020.


The synopsis reads, "Elite athletes and insiders reflect on the Paralympic Games and examine how they impact a global understanding of disabilities, diversity, and excellence."


The documentary will feature incredible athletes such as Bebe Vio from Italy, Ellie Cole from Australia, Jean-Baptiste Alaize from France, Matt Stutzman from the USA, Jonnie Peacock from the UK, Cui Zhe from China, Ryley Batt from Australia, Ntando Mahlangu from South Africa and Tatyana McFadden from the USA.

Bebe Vio

Paralympic Athlete Bebe Vio in the Netflix original documentary
'Rising Phoenix' (Netflix)

Beatrice Maria Adelaide Marzia Vio is known professionally as Bebe Vio. The athlete is an inspirational and extremely talented wheelchair fencer from Italy that has risen up the chars with her immense talent. She is the 2014 and 2016 European champion, 2015 and 2017 World champion, and 2016 Paralympic champion in the foil B category. It was reported that Bebe had contracted meningitis when she was eleven years old resulting in her losing both her arms and legs along with experience lasting face and body scars. The athlete had gone through three months of rehab and now uses prosthesis to bring her passion fencing to fruition. 


'Rising Phoenix' is directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui. Barbara Broccoli, Richard Curtis, Xavier Gonzalez, McFadden, Andrew Ruhemann. Andee Ryder and Barnaby Spurrier serve as executive producers. The documentary is an HTYT Films and Passion Pictures production in association with Ventureland and Misfits Entertainment.


The trailer is yet to be released. MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) will update this page once the trailer is out. 

Where to watch

Catch 'Rising Phoenix' on August 26, 2020, on Netflix.

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