Netflix has unveiled the trailer for Zion, their new Original documentary short which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and will launch globally on August 10. You can watch the Zion trailer right here:
Zion is a gripping portrait of Zion Clark, a young wrestler born without legs who grew up in foster care. Clark began wrestling in second grade against his able-bodied peers. The physical challenge became a therapeutic outlet and gave him a sense of family. Moving from foster home to foster home, wrestling became the only constant thing in his childhood. The Netflix original documentary short is directed by Floyd Russ.
Boasting the tagline: “Possibility is a question of perspective”, Zion shines a light on a real-life inspirational sporting figure, with the world’s leading entertainment service delivering the story to 130 million subscribers in over 190 countries.
The Zion trailer is only 72-seconds long but has already captured imaginations on YouTube and other platforms, with people asserting that this is not only what we need more of on the Netflix platform, but in the world generally. Stories of determination, resolve and against-all-odds success offer a seemingly perfect antidote to a fractured social and political climate, and the Zion trailer suggests that the short documentary will find an eager audience.
Let us know what you think of the Zion trailer, and of Zion’s incredible story. Is Netflix the right home for this kind of film? Would this kind of film even find a home at all if it weren’t for the streaming giant? These are the questions that emerge in the wake of long-standing debates about Netflix’s role in the broader pop-cultural landscape, and we want to hear your thoughts. Is the service offering unprecedented exposure to smaller, more personal projects? Or is it watering down the purity of filmmaking by making it too easy to have your ideas seen and heard on the world stage? Tell us below.