11th Hour is a 2007 feature film documentary,
created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio,
on the state of the natural environment. It was
directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners
and financed by Adam Lewis, Pierre André
Senizergues and Doyle Brunson, and distributed
by Warner Independent Pictures. Its world premiere
was at the 2007 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival
(May 16-27, 2007) and it was released on August
17, 2007, in the year in which the Fourth Assessment
Report of the United Nations global warming panel
IPCC was published and about a year after Al Gore's
An Inconvenient Truth, a movie-documentary about
contributions from over 50 of the world's most
prominent thinkers and activists, including former
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen
Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and
journalist Paul Hawken, the film documents the
grave problems facing the planet's life systems.
Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction,
and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all
addressed. The film's premise is that the future
of humanity is in jeopardy.
film offers hope and potential solutions to these
problems by calling for restorative action by
the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity
through technology, social responsibility and
conservation. Scientists and environmental advocates
such as David Orr, David Suzuki, and Gloria Flora
paint a portrait for a radically new and different
future in which it is not humanity's intent to
dominate the planet's life systems, but to mimic
and coexist with them.
“ Global warming is not only the number
one environmental challenge we face today, but
one of the most important issues facing all of
humanity ... We all have to do our part to raise
awareness about global warming and the problems
we as a people face in promoting a sustainable
environmental future for our planet. ”
Moore, Co-Founder of Greenpeace, directly criticized
Leonardo DiCaprio and the film The 11th Hour in
an article for the Vancouver Sun on August 29,
2007 titled ‘An Inconvenient Fact’
“ DiCaprio's movie, The 11th Hour, is another
example of anti-forestry scare tactics, this time
said to be "brilliant and terrifying"
by James Christopher of the London Times.
Maybe so, but instead of surrendering to the terror,
keep in mind that there are solutions to the challenges
of climate, and our forests are among them.
This film should be a good, clear reminder for
us to put the science before the Hollywood hype.
Moore, in the August 29, 2007 issue of The Vancouver
co-founder Paul Watson claims that "Today,
[Moore is] a mouthpiece for some of the very interests
Greenpeace was founded to counter, notably the
timber and plastics industries", and that
his statements are suspect.
a Way to Go, a movie covering similar themes to
those in The 11th Hour, was released in August
2007. A review comparing the two movies concludes
that "... these are very different movies.
An average child could safely see The 11th Hour
as it is a sanitized account of reality, whereas
What a Way to Go is more confronting. There is
a place for both movies: ... The 11th Hour breaks
it gently for those who have not previously thought
deeply about Earth's environment - the viewer
takes away images and impressions. What a Way
to Go is the advanced course for those who are
prepared to examine critically our way of life
- the viewer takes away ideas, even subversive
film generated $60,853 from four locations in
its first weekend of release.
Eleventh Hour Action site
and the environment
Media Man Australia attended this film at Bondi