Saturday, November 14, 2015

Racing Extinction

Film director Louie Psihoyos has gone undercover again, this time to bring attention to an overlooked crisis threatening the planet. He is best known for his Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, in which he covertly captured the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

His new film, Racing Extinction will be aired on the Discovery Channel in 220 countries and territories in December.

He infiltrates black markets in China, revealing shocking images of thousands of dead animals for sale — manta rays, whale sharks, and piles of shark fins. the film's targets are overfishing, wildlife poaching, and a climate warmed by carbon emissions.

As frightening as the film's message is, Psihoyos says there's reason to be hopeful.

"When we started The Cove, they were killing 23,000 dolphins a year.Now they're killing less than 6,000. Change can happen, and it can happen almost overnight."

Read an interview with the director:

Official film website:

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