The director and actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been using his celebrity in the service of raising environmental awareness for some time, be it marching in the People’s Climate March in New York City, or speaking at the United Nations.
In his movie star role, the Oscar winner has access to world leaders and local environmentalists alike, and in a documentary hitting theaters in a special release on Friday October 21, he brings all of that star power, information and access together. DiCaprio’s latest project pulls these seemingly disparate elements into what The Guardian calls a “heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time.”
“We’ve known about this for decades,” DiCaprio says in the trailer for Before the Flood, narrating his own journey of discovery as he travels around the world observing environmental phenomena and meeting world leaders, including President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.
Directed by Oscar winning actor and documentary maker Fisher Stevens, DiCaprio guides viewers who may know little of climate change on the same learning curve that he himself has taken. But in his capacity as a U.N. Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, he can take us to places that we couldn’t go ourselves.
DiCaprio is one of many high-profile people who have publicly and vociferously supported environmental awareness and activism, and several of those faces attended the New York City premiere of the 1.5-hour film on Thursday October 20. Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo and other stars, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry, showed up for the screening at U.N. headquarters in New York City, according to the Daily Mail.