Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games

By Stephanie Petit
August 13, 2020 11:11 AM
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Prince Harry is coming to Netflix!

The Duke of Sussex, 35, participated in a new Netflix documentary called Rising Phoenix about the Paralympic Games. In the official trailer released Thursday ahead of the August 26 release, Harry appears sitting on a green couch in an empty room for his interview.

"There isn’t anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport," he says in the clip.

"The Duke is proud to have been one of the people contributed to this film, which is a unique and powerful documentary that hopes to change the way people view disability — and tell the incredible story of the Paralympics," a spokesperson for Harry said.

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"Featuring Paralympians from across the world, Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games," according to Tokyo 2020's organizing committee. "From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, along the way sparking a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity and human potential."

The documentary was planned to coincide with the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletes featured in the film include Bebe Vio (Italy), Ellie Cole (Australia), Jean-Baptiste Alaize (France), Matt Stutzman (USA), Jonnie Peacock (UK), Cui Zhe (China), Ryley Batt (Australia), Ntando Mahlangu (South Africa) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

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Prince Harry's Invictus Games held their first event in 2014, bringing together wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans for competition. The Invictus Games are so special to Harry, who served in the Army for more than 10 years, that just days after welcoming son Archie in 2019, he traveled to the Netherlands to kick off the official countdown to the 2020 Games (though the event was later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic).

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"I think, in the last five years, these guys have completely changed how we view disability, how we view mental health. This is all them," Harry said in an inspiring speech about Invictus athletes in 2019. "We merely created a platform in order for them to shine and it’s genuinely been one of the greatest honors of my life to get to know all you guys and to see you through this process. We’ve had some laughs, we’ve had some tears, and I can’t ever thank you enough for the impact that you have had across the world, to be able to create better understanding for those people who put the uniform on."