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Oscar® -winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.
Summary: A team of artists and activists expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet.
We humans can only see a very narrow spectrum of what is out there. There is a whole world hidden to our eyes, and it’s what we don’t see that threatens our planet’s survival. The film is a captivating, sobering look at the world’s endangered aquatic species, but it’s also a frightening revelation of what methane and carbon are doing to the ocean. We often worry about air quality, but ocean quality is an overlooked catastrophe waiting to happen.
Part guerilla filmmaking, this daring crew infiltrate Chinese criminal dens that carve up and sell endangered species, this documentary resonates on an urgent level. No mere “greenie” rant, the film abounds with scientific fact, as well as compelling imagery and real-life situations that make it accessible to even non-scientific types. Technically articulate, this smart document is empowered by its engaging visuals, compliments of its team of creative cinematographers and editors.
"Failure to act, Psihoyos claims, is not an option: "As a species we're one step away from greatness or the greatest disaster in the last 65 million years." Earlier this year, Pope Francis exhorted the citizens of the world to save their common home. Racing Extinction sends a similar message, using not biblical tenets, but scenes of exquisite beauty: the liquid undulation of a manta ray, the bony ridge of a whale spine briefly breaking the surface, psychedelic plankton in a drop of sea water that rival anything Pixar could dream up. "The thread of the whole movie is that there's a hidden world of sound and visuals that we are not comprehending," the director says. "Not just the blue whale -- with the loudest song in the animal kingdom, but we can't hear it. I felt if we could break it down, people could realize there's a bigger world beyond their own perception." - Rolling Stone