Before The Flood trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio talks climate change in this Nat Geo documentary
When names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, and Mogwai come together, you're expecting an epic feature film of magnanimus proportions to unveil.
While it's not a feature, DiCaprio's next is a NatGeo documentary titled Before The Flood, wherein he meets people from across the world trying to understand the impact of climate change. The trailer for the documentary was unveiled on Monday, 3 October and DiCaprio has now taken the film to The White House for a special screenings for Barack Obama.
Before The Flood is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens.
The first few visuals of the documentary show a worried DiCaprio watching polar icecaps melt, burning underground mines, buildings being made over trees amid massive rubble and pollution, and seas rising beyond land limit.
"Try to have a conversation with anyone about climate change, and people just tune out. And the problem seems to be getting worse, and worse, and worse," Dicaprio's voice-over takes us into the crux of the film.
We see him discussing climate change, sustainable green energy and the politics related to the environment (there's a whole section of Americans that don't believe in climate change at all) with well-known faces like Elon Musk, Ban Ki-Moon and even the Pope. He reminds us how far we've come in terms of the knowing destruction of our own planet, and if we can still do something to make things better.
Of course, just as we're about to give up, Obama makes an appearance, where he shakes hands with DiCaprio to say, "If we keep pushing, there's no reason why we can't solve this problem".
We are then shown DiCaprio all over the world, talking to world leaders, meeting young children, and animals, and taking treks through dense forests. The tone shifts from being a docu on a dire environmental problem, to an inspiring one. But hey, the man won an Oscar.
In a discussion in The White House, with US President Obama and climate scientist Dr Katharine Hayhoe, Leo said a president who doesn't think climate change is a priority shouldn't be allowed to hold office. "If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or science or empirical truths, and in my opinion you should not be allowed to hold public office,” he said.
Huffington Post reports that Obama said, "“Climate change is almost perversely designed to be really hard to solve politically. The natural inclination of political systems is to push that stuff off as long as possible.”
The film will air on National Geographic on 21 October, before the November election to put spotlight on the political importance of climate change.
Watch the trailer here: