Documentary, “Before the Flood,’ which follows Leonardo DiCaprio exploring climate change, at Ridgefield Playhouse

September 23, 2017 GMT

“Before the Flood,” a documentary exploring the dramatic impact of climate change, will be screened at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, Oct. 1, followed by a Q&A with the film’s Academy Award-winning director, Fisher Stevens.

The screening is co-sponsored by Woodcock Nature Center and the Norwalk River Watershed Association, with proceeds going toward community conservation initiatives.

The riveting movie follows actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic to speak with scientists and world leaders about such issues as extreme weather events, rising seas and the demise of endangered species. The Academy Award-winner also talks with local residents and other activists.

DiCaprio announced his foundation will donate $20 million in grants to combat climate change, during a Sept. 19 speech at Yale University. According to People.com, DiCaprio said, “We are proud to support the work of over 100 organizations at home and abroad. These grantees are active on the ground, protecting our oceans, forests and endangered species for future generations and tackling the urgent, existential challenges of climate change.”

Those who attend Sunday’s screening will gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue. “Before the Flood,” which came out in 2016, also shares actions that can be taken by individuals and society to build a brighter future.

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Sunday, Oct. 1, doors open 6:30 p.m., screening 7:30 p.m. $10; $5 youth, student, seniors. 203-762-7280.