fbpx REBUILDING PARADISE | Gene Siskel Film Center
Film Series : Film Center from Your Sofa


2020, Ron Howard, USA, 95 min.


"Beautifully rendered...starts as a true-life action movie and then swings into a poignant portrayal of a group of people living with the aftermath of the disaster...told with exceptional craft and warm sympathy."--Jason Gorber, Point of View Magazine

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with climate-impacted conditions, quickly grew into a devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced 50,000 residents and destroyed 95% of local structures. From the moment the crisis began, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, APOLLO 13) led a filmmaking team to the city and would spend a year with Paradise residents, documenting their efforts to recover what was lost. 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. (Description courtesy of National Geographic)

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