Kara Warner
October 27, 2016 12:30 PM


Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio met with Pope Francis? The two public figures had a highly publicized sit-down in January to discuss climate change, and the conversation was captured on video to be included in DiCaprio’s upcoming documentary Before the Flood.

PEOPLE has a first look at the footage from this memorable meeting, which includes like minds connecting over concern for the environment and DiCaprio’s charmingly rehearsed Italian greeting to the pontiff: “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” the actor, 41, says in Italian.

“One of the most important spiritual leaders on the planet has now called upon the world community to accept the modern science of climate change,” DiCaprio, who premiered the documentary last week at the United Nations in New York City, says in the clip. “A pope has never done anything like this in history.”

In the footage, we see the Oscar winner’s arrival at the Vatican and a portion of his 15-minute meeting with the pontiff, which includes an exchange of gifts. DiCaprio presents the pontiff with a book containing works by the painter Hieronymus Bosch. DiCaprio says that as a baby, the triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” hung over his crib. The pope gives DiCaprio a leather-bound version of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, along with two other items.



“Being able to spend time and sit with the pope was a pretty profound experience,” DiCaprio, who appears to be very happy and honored by the experience, says in a voice-over for the clip, adding that the pope said he “feels we need to all keep speaking out” about climate change “as loud as we can.”

Before the Flood is in theaters now in New York and Los Angeles, and the National Geographic Channel recently announced plans to release the Fisher Stevens-directed documentary commercial-free, across digital and streaming platforms around the world.

From Oct. 30 through Nov. 6, Before the Flood can be viewed for free via Natgeotv.com, video on demand (through MVPD set-top boxes), MVPD sites and apps, Nat Geo TV apps, iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Sony PlayStation, GooglePlay and more.

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