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Catalogue Number:  TVP082
Producer:  Video Project, Inc.
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, Nature, Science, Social Sciences
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  95:00

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From Executive Producer Martin Sheen, The Map to Paradise is an adventure-filled and spectacularly gorgeous tale about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. From underwater worlds of ice to glistening coral sanctuaries, discover what it takes to build a movement and to create positive change.

Filmed across six continents, the filmmakers have set out to challenge the mainstream narrative of hard-hitting environmental documentaries with a "doom and gloom" message, and replace it with one of hope and courage. Along the way, we meet a prince, a president, a pirate, and also and island chief — among others — who are all playing a role in the quest to save the planet.

Mixing colorful character-driven stories and hand-rendered animations, The Map to Paradise is a rare urgent environmental wake-up call that retains a sense of awe and wonder for the kind of beauty that is still possible.


  • Prince Alber II of Monaco

  • President Tommy Remengesau of Palau

  • Enric Sala, National Geographic

  • Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd


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Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival
Taos Environmental Film Festival
Cinetopia Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival

"What is so rewarding about the film is that it is a great source of optimism and inspiration."— Martin Sheen, Award-winning Actor

"It's incredible. 4 stars." — Richard Wilkins, The Today Show

"The Map to Paradise has magnificient footage of marine animals that inspire compassion and hope for their existence to continue. It gently weaves stories of possibility told by ordinary — what can I do too?"— Wendy Goldstein, Director/Master of Sustainable Development, Macquarie University
"The Map to Paradise is an inspirational tale delivering a message of hope — a new awakening is on it's way and the tide is finally turning in favor of the blue heart of our planet. A must see!"— Anita Kolni, Founder, Ocean Lovers Festival
"The beautiful cinematography plus the personal charisma of the speakers, especially those making their living from the sea, the fishers and Palau divers, really brought home what we would lose if we let the ocean degrade further."
— Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Technology Sydney

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