Watch Joaquin Phoenix’s New Short Film On The Climate Crisis

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Even as he campaigns for an Oscar, Joaquin Phoenix is still making time to advocate for causes he believes in. The actor is featured in a new short film that’s focused on the critical stage of the climate crisis humanity is now facing, Rolling Stone reports.

In the short, titled Guardians of Life, Phoenix plays an emergency room doctor who attempts to revive a dying patient with the help of his colleagues — colleagues played by Rosario Dawson, Matthew Modine, and Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes. Eventually the patient’s heart stops beating, but as the doctors prepare to call the time of death, another doctor, played by Q’orianka Kilcher, with indigenous makeup under her face mask, finds a way to revive the patient.

Phoenix has been using his platform throughout awards season to call attention to a variety of causes close to his heart. In his speech at the BAFTAs, he discussed Hollywood’s persistent issues around diversity. At the Golden Globes, he highlighted how his peers could contribute to the climate crisis by taking fewer private jets.

The video was produced by Amazon Watch in partnership with Extinction Rebellion, and it made its premiere on Thursday at Mobilize Earth. In a statement released alongside the video, Phoenix said that he filmed the video to raise the alarm.

“It’s really a call to action. I did it to raise awareness about the meat and dairy industry’s effect on climate change. The fact is we are clear cutting and burning rainforests and seeing the negative effects of those actions worldwide,” Phoenix said in his statement.