Rising Phoenix, the documentary about the Paralympic Games that was released on Netflix last August, has won two prestigious Sports Emmy Awards.
Rising Phoenix took honours in the Outstanding Long Sports Documentary and Outstanding Music Direction categories during an online ceremony yesterday.
It was also nominated for Outstanding Camera Work and Outstanding Editing awards, although was not victorious.
Produced by HTYT Films, Rising Phoenix is an innovative telling of the story of the Games through the testimony of nine Paralympians which premiered globally in more than 190 countries on August 26 last year.
The film details the history of the Paralympic Movement from its inception in 1948 at the instigation of German doctor Ludwig Guttmann while working at Stoke Mandeville's spinal injuries centre in Britain, to its triumphs at London 2012 and its trials and tribulations and triumphs at Rio 2016.
The athletes involved included Italy’s two-time world champion wheelchair fencer Bebe Vio, the United States' seven-time Paralympic wheelchair racing champion Tatyana McFadden and Britain’s double Paralympic 100 metres champion Jonnie Peacock.
The title track, which contributed to the film's nomination for Outstanding Music Direction, was written and performed by two-time Golden Globe nominee Daniel Pemberton.
Pemberton composed the original score for the movie together with three artists who all have a disability: George Dorman - known as "georgetragic" - and Keith Jones, both of whom have cerebral palsy, and Toni Hickman, who has survived two brain aneurysms and a stroke.
"Every single person who worked on this film can take credit for the end result and we are all proud and delighted that the Emmys have recognised what an important and powerful piece of cinema this is," Barnaby Spurrier, executive producer, told insidethegames when the documentary received four nominations.
"The nominations are as much for the Paralympic Movement as they are for the filmmakers."
Following the Sports Emmys, producer Greg Nugent said: "Rising Phoenix marks the start of an incredible story that we will help tell over the next decade, not of what people cannot do, but what we are all capable of.
"We are truly honoured by the Emmys and dedicate these wins to every one of the brilliant athletes who will travel to Tokyo this summer and make it the most important Paralympics in history."
Dorman added: “I’m overwhelmed.
"I believe we all are - me, Toni Hickman, Leroy Moore and Keith Jones - all of Krip-Hop Nation is overwhelmed.
"My deepest condolences to Rob Da Noize Temple from Sugar Hill Gang, a true hip-hop pioneer and co-founder of Krip-Hop.
"We did not ask to have a disability, but we wore it with pride!
"We are now vessels for the disabled community thanks to all involved in Rising Phoenix.
"To composer Daniel Pemberton and music supervisor Gary Welch, thank you for taking a chance with us."