Team South Africa’s young rising star in the Paralympic Movement, Ntando Mahlangu, is one of nine Paralympians who are featured in the Netflix documentary ‘Rising Phoenix’, a movie that was launched on 26 August 2020.
Other athletes featured in the film include Bebe Vio, 2014 and 2016 European Italian wheelchair fencer champion, Australian Paralympic swimmer and wheelchair basketball player Ellie Cole , Jean Baptiste Alaize, Cui Zhe the prolific power-lifter from China, and Tatyana McFadden who has won 17 Paralympic medals in multiple Summer Paralympic Games.
The film’s release was planned to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Due to the postponement of the games it now formed part of the one-year-to-go celebrations. The 24th of August 2020 marked the year-to-go milestone before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Japan on 24 August 2021. ‘Rising Phoenix’ is a ground-breaking movie about the Paralympic Movement, which will showcase in over 190 countries worldwide on Netflix. Featuring Paralympians from across the world, ‘Rising Phoenix’ tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games and inspiring athletes who show us what is possible when we push the limits of human movement, emphasizing that disability is not inability.