Racing Extinction

In 100 years, 50% of all species on Earth may have vanished

Official film description

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs.

This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well.

The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life.

An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight.

Notes on the film

"Racing Extinction" is the only movie we know who is entirely dedicated to mass extinction and that makes ocean acidification, co2- and methane emissions visible with modern technology.

"Racing Extinction" shows us that individuals can create impact with hands-on action and modern technology.

It ignites appreciation for single species and and pictures the impact of humanity through terrifying data of reality and fotos of natures beauty in a of symbolic importance.

"Racing Extinction" has many visual means as undercover, nature, micro and macro exposures and fast cuts that could fascinate young audiences. At the same it is difficult to follow the guiding threat. Nevertheless it's also great entertainment and a strong call for action.

"Racing Extinction" literally screens the discrepancy between consumerism frenzy and conservation of nature into our lifes - in full HD - and therefor captivates modern media man with image, sound and technology.

Rating from our film jury

"Racing Extinction" is a smooth to watch, intelligent and inspiring documentary with exceptional, rare images and a great soundtrack. The shown issue is of great importance: the current mass extinction event is too seldom described this explicitly.

The movie is touching, lets us appreciate the animal kingdom and addresses where we have to live more responsible and calls us into action.

It can be faulted that the guiding threat is not always understandable, that courses of action do not get enough time. Also good to note: our current state of knowledge is always in flow and many developments are exponential and "Racing Extinction" is not really addressing this. But good interviews, action scenes, lots of knowledge and connections, professional handicraft (cut and camera) make up for that.

As one of our highest rated documentaries, "Racing Extinction" is our first choice and feature film at the Films for the Earth Festival 2016.

Further reviews

A mesmeric entertainment and enlightenment. – Hollywood Reporter

Contrasting the ugliness of destruction with the beauty of its victims is the film’s core aesthetic. – The New York Times

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Louie Psihoyos
Script: Mark Monroe
Production: Olivia Ahnemann, Fisher Stevens, Vulcan Productions
Music: J. Ralph
Actors: Elon Musk, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Kolbert, Joel Sartore, Stuart Pimm, Christopher W. Clark, Shawn Heinrichs
 
Year: 2015
Duration: 90 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German, English
Country of origin: China, Mexico, Indonesia, United States, United Kingdom
Shooting Locations: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, United States
Our age recommendation: 14
 
Screening rights: Abramorama (United States) | The Film Collaborative ()

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Main topic(s): Planet Earth
Secondary topics: biodiversity climate tourism acidification wildlife activism
Mentions: pesticide chemistry grain straw seed food waste potato farm animals mixed culture local currency rob Hopkins health species death climate species extinction sustainability
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth The nominated films of past Films for the Earth Festivals.

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