Rebuilding Paradise (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m

PLEASE NOTE: Rebuilding Paradise is available to rent until Thursday, September 24th.

After the film, SCROLL DOWN to watch an exclusive Q&A with director Ron Howard, and Paradise residents Michelle John and Woody Culleton.

On the morning of November 8th, 2018, a devastating firestorm engulfed the picturesque city of Paradise, California. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had killed 85 people, displaced tens of thousands of residents and destroyed 95% of structures. It was the deadliest US fire in more than 100 years, and the worst in California’s history. Rebuilding Paradise, from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, is a moving story of resilience in the face of tragedy, as a community ravaged by disaster comes together to recover what was lost and begin the seemingly impossible task of starting again, even as their hope and spirit are challenged by continued adversity: relocations, financial crises, government obstacles, water poisoning, grief and PTSD.


Ron Howard


Lincoln Else


Hans Zimmer


Lorne Balfe



Bonus Content

30 mins
IFI Documentary Festival 2020 Q&A with director Ron Howard, Michelle John, and Woody Culleton

IFI Head of Cinema Programming David O’Mahony speaks to Ron Howard, director of Rebuilding Paradise, screening as part of this year’s IFI Documentary Festival, plus prominent Town of Paradise residents Michelle John and Steve “Woody” Culleton.

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