Anyone who knows me, knows that I love watching movies. My favorite genre is horror, followed by comedies. Another favorite genre is documentaries. Some people find documentaries “boring” or “unentertaining.” Not me! I love documentaries. I think they are a wonderful way to learn about things you might not otherwise learn about. I find them to be fascinating, and dare I say, entertaining.
Recently I was given a screener link to watch a new documentary by Academy Award-winning director, Ron Howard. The film is called Rebuilding Paradise. It’s by National Geographic Documentaries. This film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sadly, due to Hurricane Isaias, we lost power for a few days and I was unable to view the film for the sake of doing a review. None the less, I feel like this is an important documentary and I wanted to share information about it in hopes that people would find it equally as interesting.
Here is information about the film, based off the press release.
Rebuilding Paradise is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost. Since its Sundance Film Festival premiere it has also played in the virtual festivals for AFI Docs and Edinburgh Film Festival.
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the fire, known as the Camp Fire, was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest U.S. fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history.
As residents faced the damage to their lives, to their homes and to more than 150,000 acres in and around their 141-year-old town, they did something amazing: They worked together to heal. The community members went on to forge a bond stronger than what they had before the catastrophe, even as their hope and spirit were challenged by continued adversity: relocations, financial crises, government hurdles, water poisoning, grief and PTSD.
From the moment the crisis began, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard led a filmmaking team to the city and would go on to spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. The Camp Fire and its overwhelming aftermath became a de facto lesson in what we all must do: Protect our environment, help our neighbors, plan for future dangers and remember to preserve the traditions that unite us — just as these resilient citizens did when they began the important task of Rebuilding Paradise.
I have seen the trailer (below), which is why I really wanted to see this film. It gave me “goose bumps” just watching it.
I cannot imagine living through that horror. Just look at the actual film footage of the fire. It’s like hell on Earth.
I love how the community came together to bring life back into their town. The fire was not going to destroy the community of Paradise.
I hope that you will have the opportunity to view this film. If you do, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Feel free to come back to this post and leave me your review.
Rebuilding Paradise is available at select theaters and drive-ins across the country.
To learn more about this film, please visit the official website – National Geographic Documentary Films – Rebuilding Paradise.
Rebuilding Paradise Trailer (2020)
*I did receive a screener link that I was unable to view due to loss of power. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.