The documentary is on a devastating firestorm which engulfed California in November 2018, killing 85 people, displacing 50,000 residents and destroying 95% of local structures.
National Geographic Documentary Films has announced that Rebuilding Paradise by director Ron Howard and Imagine Documentaries, will premiere on National Geographic Channel on November 14 at 11 pm UAE time/10 pm KSA time.
On the morning of November 8, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed California. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. It was the deadliest US fire in 100 years — and the worst ever in California’s history.
Rebuilding Paradise is a story of resilience in the face of tragedy as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begins the important task of reimagining and reembracing their future.
Rebuilding Paradise first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, had a virtual world premiere on July 12 attended by more than 6,000 people, followed by a virtual and physical theatrical release on July 31 in the US, rolling out in 125 markets around the country. The film screened on the opening night of the IFI Documentary Film Festival in Ireland on September 21 before debuting in cinemas around the UK on September 25.
Rebuilding Paradise was produced by Brian Grazer, Howard, Xan Parker, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes; executive produced by Michael Rosenberg, Louisa Velis, Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington; co-produced by Lizz Morhaim, with cinematography by Lincoln Else; edited by M. Watanabe Milmore, and music by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe.
“We at Imagine Documentaries are thankful to our partners at National Geographic Documentary Films for the continued effort to share this very important and timely film with a wider audience,” said director Ron Howard. “There is no doubt that climate change is a contributing factor to the historic fires burning even now on America’s west coast, devastating entire communities. This should be a wake-up call – Paradise could be any of us.”
“We are proud to continue to share the timely and urgent story of Paradise with viewers around the world,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, Global Scripted Content and Documentary Films at National Geographic. “We hope this film and our impact efforts can bring much-needed attention and aid to the resilient community of Paradise and surrounding areas as they rebuild, especially now, in the face of additional threats from wildfire disasters.”