Before the Flood

  • Thur Oct 20
Before the Flood

CU Prof Emeritus Tony Ingraffea (Civil & Environmental Engineering) will take questions following the screening, and may be joined by Prof Chuck Greene (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) & Prof Bob Howarth (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).

Fisher Stevens
Leonardo DiCaprio

The dangers of climate change are chronicled by Leonardo DiCaprio in his campaign to raise global awareness about it in his role as a UN Ambassador of Peace. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

“From the toxic tar sands of Alberta to the frequently flooded streets of Miami Beach, from the smog-choked avenues of Beijing to the incinerated forests of Indonesia, DiCaprio meets with scientists, politicians, and activists to face the facts: natural disasters are becoming more frequent, wildlife is vanishing, communities are being destroyed. What is to be done? This isn't the first environmental documentary and it won't be the last. But DiCaprio's charisma makes it one of the most accessible. His passion and inquisitiveness radiate in his blunt talk and genuine curiosity. He confesses to feelings of pessimism, but he receives motivating wisdom from luminaries including entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk, meteorologist and astronaut Piers Sellers, activist and environmentalist Sunita Narain, and President of the United States Barack Obama. As it sweeps us along on its fascinating tour, Before the Flood reminds us of the beauty and diversity of our world. It also galvanizes us to do whatever it takes to save the planet — and ourselves.”(Thom Powers, documentary programmer, Toronto International Film Festival)


Digital Projection color
1 hour 33 minutes
release year/country
2016 USA