Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2006
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Trouble In Paradise

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Local inhabitants of the Maldives wait for promised tsunami aid.

Life 5 - Trouble In Paradise

Clustered into 26 atolls, three hundred and fifty thousand people live on the small scattered islands in the Indian Ocean known as the Maldives, spread over an archipelago stretching nine hundred kilometers from North to South. The Maldives are viewed as a paradise on earth, but their existence is threatened by rising sea levels and violent storms. They were badly damaged by the Tsunami of 2004, with 83 lives lost and a 50% drop in tourists.

The rebuilding has started but the distances between islands are huge, greatly slowing the efforts of the British Red Cross and other agencies. After one year, some 800 had been repaired, with over 2,000 still needing to be completely rebuilt. In 2006, five new island resorts are due to open and it's predicted that tourism in the Maldives will reach an all time high. Only time will tell what the long-term social and political impact of the Tsunami will be on the Maldives.

'The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum.' Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University

'[Trouble in Paradise] highlights the need for greater communication and the importance of keeping people informed of what is being done. It also highlights psychological issues faced by the people and the resulting effect on communities...This film can be recommended for junior high through adult audiences. It is very well done with very clear narrative and breathtaking views of the beautiful country of Maldives.' Geetha Yapa, University of California -Riverside, Educational Media Reviews Online

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Rance, Nick (film producer)
Campbell, Cheryl (film producer)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Smita Malde; music, Zero Degree Atolls.

Distributor credits

Nick Rance

Emily Marlow

Nick Rance
Emily Marlow
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Pacific, The
Climate Change
Environmental Design
Local Economies
Oceans and Coasts
Human Geography

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Climate Change/Global Warming
Developing World
International Aid
International Studies
Local Economies
Millennium Development Goals
Oceans and Coasts
United Nations


Maldives, tsunami aid, atolls, Indian Ocean, archipelago, rising sea levels, tourism, British Red Cross, resorts; "Trouble In Paradise"; Bullfrog Films

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