Before the Flood
"If you try and have a conversation with anyone about climate change, they just TUNE OUT."
Friday nights are usually pizza and movie night in our household. We've been missing that for a while due to a busy schedule. Most nights I'm just too damn tired to turn my brain on for a super long movie, but something drew me into watching a new film last week.
Since I am sucker for a documentary, the ads for Before the Flood have been popping up every where. Either Facebook's targeting is getting way too good or the universe wanted me to watch this film. Either way, I'm glad I took the hint.
I don't know many people who are super into documentaries, but this one definitely stands out. It was engaging to watch, the facts were well communicated, and the imagery was impactful.
Escapism is a popular reason we all see movies. We want to be amazed and to be taken to a place outside of ourselves. To be released from all the decisions we have to make and the realities of our choices every day. I get it. On the flip side, we also have a responsibility to educate ourselves and to make sure that as we are making our daily choices, we are doing so with integrity, thought, and meaning. This can be an overwhelming thought, but we will never make progress if we continue to stand still.
This particular documentary focuses on climate change and the effects our world faces based on the choices we make.
Leonardo DiCaprio may not strike you as the go-to authority figure on environmental or global issues. He particularly points this out in the beginning of the film and I appreciate the fact that he does so. I find it disturbing that so many media outlets would just railroad him because he isn't a scientist, but an actor. What in the hell is wrong with taking your notoriety and using it for a good purpose? What exactly is so bad about learning about something more? Shouldn't we all be learning more and DOING more? He may not be a scientist or researcher, but he sure is doing more for this planet than most. Plus, he's not bad to look at for an hour and a half. Just sayin'.
Take a peak at the trailer for Before the Flood: