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Before the Flood (2016)

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A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

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Fisher Stevens

Writer:

Mark Monroe
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself - Narrator
Ki-moon Ban ... Himself (as Ban Ki-Moon)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu ... Himself
Mike Brune Mike Brune ... Himself (as Michael Brune)
Marc Mageau Marc Mageau ... Himself
Enric Sala Enric Sala ... Himself (as Dr. Enric Sala)
Jake Awa Jake Awa ... Himself
Jason Box Jason Box ... Himself (as Prof. Jason E. Box)
Philip Levine Philip Levine ... Himself
Michael E. Mann ... Himself (as Dr. Michael E. Mann)
Ma Jun Ma Jun ... Himself
Alvin Lin Alvin Lin ... Himself
Sunita Narain ... Herself
Ashok Lavasa Ashok Lavasa ... Himself
Haji Ji Haji Ji ... Himself, farmer
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Using his celebrity status to draw attention to the problem of global warming, one of the most important and pressing issues of our time, actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, travels the globe to witness firsthand the effects of an impending environmental disaster. By visiting ancient melting glaciers and levelled Indonesian tropical forests, DiCaprio unearths an urgent situation and the world's dependence on fossil fuels, going as far as to visit President Obama himself for an in-depth interview. But, can this crusade inspire the climate-change deniers? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Science is Clear. The Future is Not.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some nude and suggestive art images, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Turning Point See more »

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a committed environmentalist, was designated in 2014 as UN messenger of Peace with special focus on Climate Change by UN president Ki-moon Ban. See more »

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[first lines]
Leonardo DiCaprio: My first visual memories are of this framed poster above my crib. I'd stare at it every night before I went to bed. My father was an underground comic distributor.
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Personal Takeaway
30 October 2016 | by matthewclarkbonnerSee all my reviews

In the end, it's not about who pollutes more or less, we all have to make a personal change of lifestyle and mindset. I know i'm no where close to an ideal amount of consumption, but I want to try just a little harder to be more mindful of what I put into the environment and become a better steward of our beautiful planet and people. Great film. Very serious tones and messages throughout, but anything short of serious wouldn't make any real change, in my opinion. Being able to see some of the various examples of how fossil fuel, coal, and energy consumption negatively effects the environment reinforced the core messages very well. There was quite a lot of focus on DiCaprio in both face time with the cameras and the spotlight of the work that he has been doing in this field, but it is overshadowed by the bigger picture, which is addressing the problem that climate change poses on humanity and actually taking action.


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