Before the Flood 2016 Documentary Film Discussion

Watch the documentary film Before the Flood(2016) directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Stevens, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Packer, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. The film is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITunes, …

  1. What did you learn from the film that you did not know already?
  2. One of the misconceptions about documentaries is that they limit themselves to portray reality “as it is,” that is, objectively. On the contrary, all documentaries provide a specific perspective on reality: the director takes sides and presents – through images – a certain view on a given subject. Before the Flood, as an explicit activist project, is no exception. What is the point that the film is trying to prove? How do Stevens and DiCaprio articulate this point? What kind of imagery does the film use to support its perspective?
  3. In their search for answers on climate change, Stevens and DiCaprio indicate a possible solution to the problem – namely, Elon Musk’s Gigafactories. What does that say about the relationship between environment (and environmentalism) and capitalism?