“Return to Paradise” Film Premiere in Palau on Earth Day
It was standing room only by the time the film got rolling on Earth Day last Wednesday night for the premier screening of “Return to Paradise” at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center in Koror, Palau. The President, ministers, governors, women’s network members, families, tourists and other members of the Palauan community packed the house in anticipation for the unveiling of the movie.
The Earth Day Committee planned a lively program featuring a local dance troop “Capt Malii Stars”, awards for winners of an essay contest, and remarks by President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
“Let me thank the National Geographic Society and its Pristine Seas project for such an exceptional film. It showcases Palau’s cultural identity and the value of safeguarding Palau’s assets which are its People, Culture and its Ocean. ”
From the depths to the shallows, the film showcased beautiful footage of Palau’s majestic underwater world. More importantly, it told the human story – the strength of the Palauan culture and lessons learned from their long history of a symbiotic relationship with nature. One of the traditions highlighted in the film was the practice of ‘bul’ – Palau’s ancient way of declaring a moratorium on fishing to give fish stocks the opportunity to replenish.