Leonardo DiCaprio made a documentary about climate change called Before The Flood. I’m not really active about this subject, but I heard so much about this documentary, that I had to see it. And I was blown away and basically shocked. An absolute must-see.
About the documentary
Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change directed by Fisher Stevens. The film was produced by a collaboration between Stevens, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Martin Scorsese is an executive producer.
As revealed by DiCaprio on September 9, 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary has debuted October 30, 2016 on the National Geographic Channel. As part of National Geographic’s commitment to covering climate change, the documentary was made widely available and free of charge on various platforms.
At the European premiere in London in October 2016, DiCaprio introduced the film as follows:
“Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens. We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. There was a lot to take on. All that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at urgent breaking point.(…)
We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem. We bring up the issue of a carbon tax, for example, which I haven’t seen in a lot of documentaries. Basically, sway a capitalist economy to try to invest in renewables, to bring less money and subsidies out of oil companies. These are the things that are really going to make a massive difference. (…) We need to use our vote … We cannot afford to have political leaders out there that do not believe in modern science or the scientific method or empirical truths … We cannot afford to waste time having people in power that choose to believe in the 2 percent of the scientific community that is basically bought off by lobbyists and oil companies.”
I’ve heard so much about this film, that I was very curious about it. I know about climate change and I do believe in it, but I wasn’t very aware what the consequences can be. I was afraid that this film would be a typical climate change documentary. Full of complains and bla bla bla. But it wasn’t that kind of film at all. I was so impressed by this film and I was so shocked about what the effects of climate change are. I never knew that much stuff about it, but this documentary opened up my eyes.
Leonardo DiCaprio travels across the globe to see what the effects are and talks to multiple specialist, all in their own specific specialism in climate change. That makes it so much more clear what the effects actually are.
I also like that DiCaprio is honest too, he is honest that he doesn’t really know if we can make a change. And through his journey, he’s eager to find out.
It’s not only a very informative and well directed film, it’s also a really beautiful one. DiCaprio goes to a variety of places where he talks to professionals and he goes there himself, to see what the effects truly are. If the documentary is over, the film sums up what we, as citizens, can do ourselves to make a change. And I want to make a change.
Before The Flood is available for free till November 6, 2016. So I suggest you should watch it, because to me, it was life-changing.