Palawan appears to be an idyllic tropical island. Its powder-white beaches and lush forests have made it one of Asia’s hottest new tourist destinations. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders and vigilantes trying to protect its spectacular natural resources, it is more akin to a battlefield.
PARADISE follows Bobby, Tata and Nieves, three magnetic leaders of this network, as they confront the biggest challenges of their lives trying to stop ruthless politicians and businessmen from plundering the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier”. It is a timely film emblematic of the struggles globally as land defenders are being killed in record numbers trying to save natural resources from the rapaciousness of corporations and governments.