Jakarta. Blockbuster climate change documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio, "Before the Flood," will screen commercial free on digital platforms and television on Sunday (30/10), thanks to the National Geographic Channel.
It coincides with the global television premiere at 6 pm (GMT+7) on National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages.
The documentary will air on Natgeo.com, VOD, Nat Geo TV apps (iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, Roku, Android, Xbox One and 360, Samsung Connected TVs), iTunes, Vidio.com, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Sony Playstation, GooglePlay and many more.
The film is directed and produced by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Fisher Stevens, while Oscar-winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, film producer Brett Ratner and Australian businessman James Packer all boast producer credits. Legendary film director also sits as an executive producer. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai also collaborated to score the film.
The feature highlights changes happening in the world caused by climate change. It also features interviews about practical solutions to climate change, including the possible transition of economic and political systems to be more environmentally friendly.
World leaders feature heavily in the film. DiCaprio interviewed president Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Pope Francis, NASA researchers, forest conservationists, respected scientists, as well as public figures and environmental activists.
National Geographic Global Networks chief executive Courtney Monroe said that a global release across digital platforms has never been done before by National Geographic, but it is important for it to reach as many people as possible ahead of the US presidential election.
"At National Geographic, we believe in the power of storytelling to change the world, and this unprecedented release across digital and streaming platforms is not only a first for our network but also in our industry, underscoring how exceptional we think this film is and how passionate we are about it. We are committed to ensuring as many people as possible see this film as we head into the US elections," said Monroe.
"There is no greater threat to the future of our society than climate change, and it must be a top issue for voters this election season," DiCaprio said. "Fisher and I set out to make a film to educate people around the planet on the urgent issues of climate change and to inspire them to be part of the solution. I applaud National Geographic for their commitment to bringing this film to as many as possible at such a critical time."
The feature film was an official selection of Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and Hamptons Film Festival. Recently it was screened in the White House and the UN Headquarters. Screenings also took place in over 250 US universities. In addition, religious institutions are allowed to show "Before the Flood" through Interfaith Power and Light.
Following the premiere, a social-media campaign was launched to raise awareness and encourage people to take actions for the environment. All it takes is adding hashtag #BeforeTheFlood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or using the "Before the Flood" Snapchat geo-filter from Oct. 24 to Nov.18. National Geographic Channel and 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to Pristine Seas and $1 to Wildlife Conservation Society, up to $100,000 in total.
Along with Emmy-winning docu series "Years of Living Dangerously," "Before the Flood" will kick off "Earth Week" on National Geographic Channel, dedicated to raise awareness towards climate change. At the end of "Before the Flood," there will be a five-minute sneak peek of MARS. From executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, MARS is a series narrating exploration of Mars by humans. It will premiere on Nov.14 in the US and Nov. 13 globally.
"Before the Flood" will also be available for free for 7 days from Oct.30 to Nov.6 on digital platforms, also including Natgeotv.com, Vidio.com, Moviebay (Indovision) and First Media X (First Media).