USA, HONG KONG, MEXICO, INDONESIA, CHINA, GREAT BRITAIN, 2015, 94 MIN., 2015, 94 min.
Audience Award of XIV Baikal International Festival of Documentary and Popular-Science Films “People and Environment” n.a. V. Rasputin in 2015.
The film focuses attention on the problem of animal extinction - if its rate keeps the same we may lose half the species on the planet in one hundred years. Such disaster is comparable to the one that occurred on Earth 65 million years ago when dinosaurs died out as a result of an asteroid hitting the Earth and causing climate change. But this time disaster does not come from space - it is caused by humans. Many scenes of the film were shot by a hidden camera - project participants risked their life and joined criminal groups to stop the criminal business. At the same time the director shows all the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants who may cease to exist if the racing extinction does not stop.
DIRECTOR: LOUIE PSIHOYOS
Louie Psihoyos is the director, producer, actor, photographer, active environmentalist, director of the Oceanic Preservation Society. He cooperated with such magazines as National Geographic, Fortune, Smithsonian, Time, Newsweek, etc. His first documentary «The Cove» won about 70 awards in 2009, including «Oscar» for Best Documentary Feature. «When I am asked about «Racing Extinction» I say that it is similar to a blockbuster about superheroes, only it is all real», - Louie Psihoyos comments. «It is about a group of people who actually try to save the world making real efforts. I want this film to be watched by as many people as possible and I hope it inspires them and encourages to action. I set the bar high, but I am sure that in partnership with Discovery Channel the above objective will be achieved».