Before the Flood (National Geographic)
July 20, 2021
Before the Flood (National Geographic)

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.

Watch an introduction by Dicaprio here 

The official trailer here  

Known for its Nat Geo documentary Green China Rising and having previously worked with director Fisher Stevens on Skyladder, Mandarin Film was called in to arrange the Chinese part of the shoot.  With such a high profile celebrity, the logistics and security had to be flawless – Dicaprio’s popularity in China meant that we estimated we had around 3-5 minutes in any public location before we ran the risk of being mobbed.

DiCaprio was a delight, and the shoot turned out amazingly well, interviewing China’s highest profile environmental minister, a climate activist and getting amazing footage around Beijing, including a ride on a rickshaw on the streets of Beijing.

Mandarin Film handled all aspects of production including prep, permissions, visas, logistics, crew, and equipment.

The film screened in theaters around the world and had its world TV premiere on National Geographic.  In recognition of the subject’s importance, Nat Geo also released it for free on YouTube, Hulu, Google Play, Facebook and iTunes. The film was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, and nominated for the Critics Choice Documentary award.

“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.” From TIFF review, 2016

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