A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Come together to help others in a time of crisis.
Positive Role Models
Tepene Maagni, Hayden Marshall-Inman, and Kelsey Waghorn, who are Whakaari/White Island tour guides and escort visitors around the region, describe details about the active volcano and are part of the rescue efforts during an eruption. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Hazel Osborne, a Whakatāne Beacon reporter, inform the public about the natural disaster. Māori leader Pouroto Ngaropō shares stories about the cultural history of the community's Indigenous people.
BIPOC and White kids and teens, as well as young and older adults who are engaged in occupations such as government officials, cultural leaders, members of law enforcement, and employees within the tourism industry.
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Violence & Scariness
Images and references include volcano eruption, dead and dying people, burned skin peeling off people, body scars, and loss of consciousness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images include wedding ceremony, honeymoon trip, and kissing.
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"Bastard" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Apparel with logos and messages, cameras, and smartphones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to beer and images of bottles and glasses of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari is a documentary about the New Zealand area natural disaster that claimed the lives of 22 people in 2019. References and images include a volcano eruption, dead and dying people, burned skin peeling off people, body scars, and bottles and glasses of beer and wine. Language includes "bastard" and "s--t." The film offers positive messages about people uniting to help others during a time of crisis. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This insightful documentary shows how an unexpected act can unintentionally bring out the best in people. In The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari, 19-year-old Jesse Langford and other tourists travel to the New Zealand island. A surprise eruption of the area's active volcano, however, causes citizens and visitors to offer unconditional support to others without giving the situation a second thought. "In the face of Mother Nature and all that she can throw at us," says Whakatāne, New Zealand, resident Mark Inman, "remember as humans, we'll always have each other."
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