New Documentary Exploring Céline Dion's Journey With Stiff Person Syndrome Coming To Amazon Prime

31 January 2024 | 9:57 am | Mary Varvaris

"I decided I wanted to document this part of my life, to try to raise awareness of this little-known condition, to help others who share this diagnosis."

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A new documentary, I Am: Céline Dion, is coming to Amazon Prime. No date for its premiere has been announced, but today, the streaming giant announced its acquisition of the rights for the feature-length documentary to be aired across over 240 countries and territories globally.

I Am: Céline Dion explores the period in the Canadian singer’s life since being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS). Leave No Trace filmmaker Irene Taylor has provided an intimate look into Céline Dion’s life and the lengths she’s gone to to continue performing for her fans.

Filmed over more than a year, the documentary is a love letter to Dion and her devoted fans that showcases her private life as she navigates her life with a rare illness.

I Am: Céline Dion was produced by Sony Music Vision in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment Canada and Vermilion Films.

In a statement, Dion said about the documentary, “This last couple of years has been such a challenge for me, the journey from discovering my condition to learning how to live with and manage it, but not to let it define me.

“As the road to resuming my performing career continues, I have realised how much I have missed it, of being able to see my fans. During this absence, I decided I wanted to document this part of my life, to try to raise awareness of this little-known condition, to help others who share this diagnosis.”

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Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios, added, “Céline Dion is a global megastar with a career defined not only by her extraordinary work ethic and passion but by her dedication to her fans. This documentary is a raw, intimate portrayal of a pivotal time in her personal life and career, pulling back the curtain on her journey as she overcomes an unthinkable diagnosis.

“It’s an honour to be trusted with her story, and we can’t wait to share it with Prime Video audiences around the world.”

Dion first spoke of her diagnosis in December 2022, saying in a video shared on social media that she’d suffered debilitating muscle spasms due to SPS (John Hopkins Medicine describes the condition as a “rare autoimmune neurological disorder that most commonly causes muscle stiffness and painful spasms that come and go and can worsen over time”).

As a result of her diagnosis, Dion was forced to wipe her entire slate of touring for 2023. She’s kept active as an artist, though, releasing the single Love Again – her first tune since 2019 – last April. She made her first public appearance since revealing her diagnosis in October.