Before the Flood (National Geographic)

Fisher Stevens

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, 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 the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. “We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.” (National Geographic).

Before the Flood is part of Climate at Stake: a programme at the Movies that Matter Festival 2017, presented by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs.

What happens abroad affects the Netherlands and vice versa; climate change is the ultimate example. In cooperation with the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs we host Climate at Stake, on 26 March, with two compelling documentaries about the impact of climate change: Before the Flood (National Geographic) and Sea Blind, plus Tomorrow, a feel-good movie about actions developed by citizens around the world to protect the environment. The screenings will either be preceded by an introduction or followed by a debate. The festival’s guest of honour, Mary Robinson, will kick off the day with an introduction about Climate Justice.

Combined tickets for the day are available for €19.50 (or EUR 29.50 including lunch).


Fisher Stevens
Country of production
United States
93 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Appian Way
World Sales
RatPac Documentary Films
Dutch distributor
Fox Networks Group