New Directions

BEYOND PARADISE

  • Description
  • A traumatic event forces a young Californian to move to the big

    island of Hawaii. There he discovers a strange, violent place that

    exists beneath the postcard image of this tropical paradise. At his

    new high school, Mark encounters a hostile world which sees him

    as an outcast. After proving himself, he earns the respect and

    friendship of three Hawaiians, Zulu, Ronnie Boy and Keao.

    The new-born friendship is tested by fire as their lives erupt with

    the force of an angry volcano. Their passionate tale reflects the

    ever present struggle of an indigenous people forced to live with

    outside cultures. Mark and his friends reach deep within and

    through their friendship, find the courage to break the cycles of

    destruction in their lives.

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