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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overcome obstacles. Unity of family ties. Respect for older relatives. Preserve the past for future generations.
Positive Role Models
Images and references include a lioness who controls territory and physically defends cubs against predators. Female painted wolf trains the pack to think and act as one and relies on the team to bring food for new offspring. A bull elephant gathers fruit from a tree and shares it with the herd. Birds build nests in trees to protect their eggs from environmental elements. Older animals use knowledge of past experiences to lead their families to safety.
Images include young and older male and female lions, elephants, painted wolves, giraffes, zebras, hippos, pelicans, storks, locusts, buffaloes, crocodiles, and other aquatic life who face survival challenges. They're able to adapt to climate change and help each other survive. There's also a female- and male-dominated hierarchy among different animal species.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include blood, lion cub killing, animals eating another's remains, impending and actual predator attacks, and fire and thunderstorm destruction of the land.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images and references include animals scent-marking their territory, pregnancies, and animal baby boom births.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale is a documentary that explores how animal families reside and the challenges they face in Botswana's Okavango Delta. References and images include a lion cub's death, blood, predator attacks, animals eating another's remains, scent-marking of territory, pregnancies, and fire destruction of the land. Positive messages include learning how to overcome obstacles, unity of family ties, and preserving the past for future generations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Minus a few disturbing images that may not be suitable for younger viewers, this documentary is an exemplary picture of wildlife existence in the wilderness. "In this land, family is everything," says Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale narrator Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton)."It's the bonds within the pride, the pack, and the herd that allow each member to succeed." And so does Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale as a film with its notable look at animal life that may be impacted by global climate change.
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