Reviews and Festivals
"Sobering statistics and forecasts on the loss of biodiversity are balanced by scenes of restorative sea sanctuaries and a hopeful tone overall."
— School Library Journal
"In this beautifully shot program, camera crews prowl the world to interview scientists and research teams who are exploring the seas and working to preserve them...Filled with aerial views, underwater shots, and lovely location footage, presenting a strong argument to unite to preserve these waters."
"Reasons for hope and courage rather than messages of despair for the natural world are shown through the narratives of six people from different parts of the world. Each story features a scarred ecosystem and the need to protect it. This video challenges people to look for positive signs of change and reminds us that humans can play an important role in protecting nature. Stories of victories in conservation need to be told to encourage future change. This video is suitable for Grade 8 students to adults."
— Green Teacher
"Highly Recommended. The filmmakers foster a comprehensive conversation regarding the importance of worldwide engagement to protect and restore the oceans' ecosystems. The documentary can be used for many educational programs that study topics related to marine ecology, marine ecosystem health, ecosystems, preservation of biological diversity, environmental management, marine resources conservation, pollution, and many others."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"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
"Performed beyond our expectations for an independent documentary within our chosen cinema circuit"
— Alison Debbo, General Manager of Alternative Content, Event Cinemas
"Important messages delivered through beautifully shot imagery and artful storytelling. Real. Raw. Relatable. Gripping. It's impossible to walk away from a screening and not want to spring into action to help save our beautiful oceans."
— Lisa Messenger, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Collective Hub
"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
"The topic was thoroughly analysed from the high legal battles of international courts to the grass root level of how to apply the legislation. This produced a simple call to action, easy to remember and gave a sense of clarity which can sometimes be missed in these types of documentary. The youthful tone of voice gave a serious message while staying hopeful, which is so crucial to keep mass audiences engaged."
— Hadrien Bourely, Honorary Consul from Monaco
"Our planet is at this critical turning point in which communities, government and individuals need to band together and create big change, or risk losing our planet's most precious assets forever. The Map to Paradise is a beautiful, heartfelt reminder that throughout history, big and positive changes have successfully transformed and protected our oceans and that we can, and need to, echo these change throughout the world."
— Harriet Spark, Founder of the Strawkle Movement
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival
Taos Environmental Film Festival
Cinetopia Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival