Rebuilding Paradise is a moving documentary by Ron Howard about the devastating firestorm that engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California on 8 November, 2018. On that fateful morning, 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 percent of local structures. It was the deadliest US 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 post-traumatic stress disorder (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 neighbours, 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.
Check out the trailer for Rebuilding Paradise below. Catch the premiere of the documentary exclusively on National Geographic on 14 November 2020 at 10pm.