The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

‘The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari’, is a documentary film vividly describing the day of volcanic eruption off the coast of New Zealand in 2019, which claimed 22 lives.

Release Date

The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari will premiere on Netflix on December 16.


Director: Rory Kennedy

Writers: Mark Bailey, Dallas Brennan

Official synopsis

“In the tense and gripping documentary feature THE VOLCANO: Rescue From Whakaari, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy tracks the minute-by-minute unfolding of the tragic volcanic eruption off the coast of New Zealand in December of 2019, ultimately claiming 22 lives.

During a routine sightseeing day-trip to a remote volcanic island, 47 tourists and guides were trapped in the epicenter of a boiling pyroclastic surge of toxic dust and ash.

Both terrifying and inspiring, the film uses first-hand accounts to convey the experience of living through such a lethal eruption.

Offering more than a startling and brutal portrait of mother nature’s profound indifference, THE VOLCANO also serves as testimony to human nature’s innate generosity.

Guided by survivors — men and women who were tested in ways they never imagined — as well as the courageous and quick-thinking ordinary citizens who sprang to action that day, the viewer comes to understand the value of our human connection.

Stark and dramatic storytelling, THE VOLCANO paints a raw and honest portrait of humanity at its best, even as it faces nature at her worst.”

Other details

The documentary film will be released in theatres on 9 December 2022.


The movie’s trailer describes the horrific event’s day and people’s resiliency through interviews from survivors and individuals who were present.

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