Paralympic athletes Bebe Vio and Francesco Bettella tell their stories to Fabrica

Today, 3rd December, the UN and the world celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Fabrica presents Beatrice and Francesco, two short films featuring Paralympics Champions Bebe Vio and Francesco Bettella.

Beatrice tells the story of fencing champion Bebe Vio. Beatrice Vio has been fencing since she was five; she used to do it standing and now she does it sitting. When she was twelve, she had her four limbs amputated due to complications from meningitis, which didn’t stop her in pursuing the sport she loves and in becoming a world champion at the age of nineteen. With the implacable support of her family, she has defied all limitations and expectations. Beatrice is a celebrity spokesperson of meningitis vaccination campaigns and founder of Art4Sport, an association that offers amputated children the necessary prostheses to keep on doing sports.

This short documentary competed at DOC NYC, in the festival’s program “The future is feminine”, dedicated to inspirational everyday women and girls who inspire, and won the Best Documentary Award at the New York City Short Film Festival.

Francesco, world premiere, tells the life of the swimming champion Francesco Bettella. Affected by a genetic disease, Francesco begins to get acquainted with water at the age of three. Since 2004, his career has been on the rise and culminated with two Silver Medals won with the Italian team at the Paralympics of Rio. Francesco is part of the Paralympic Italian National Team, competing in the World Championships World Para Swimming, which take place in Mexico City from 2 to 7 December.

Both videos are directed by Lorena Alvarado, resident in Fabrica’s Social Campaigns department and produced by Fabrica in cooperation with Comitato Italiano Paralimpico Veneto.