Before the Flood (2016) (Documentary)
BEFORE THE FLOOD (2016)
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Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change directed by Fisher Stevens, the film was produced as a collaboration between Stevens, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.
The film covers the effects of climate change in various regions and discusses climate change denial. Numerous public figures are interviewed in the documentary. The filmmakers paid a voluntary carbon tax to offset the production’s carbon emissions. The soundtrack features compositions by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mogwai, and Gustavo Santaolalla.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016 and was released theatrically on October 21 before airing on the National Geographic Channel on October 30. The documentary was made widely available and accessible on various platforms as part of National Geographic’s commitment to climate change.
At the European premiere in London, DiCaprio introduced the film as follows:
Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey, we went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change. We questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem humanity has ever faced. There was a lot to take in. All that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at an 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. For example, we bring up the carbon tax issue, which I haven’t seen in many documentaries. 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 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 lobbyists and oil companies buy off.
Release date: October 21, 2016
Resource: Apple TV
Runt Time: 1h 36m