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Racing Extinction (2015)

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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself (undercover investigator)
Heather Dawn Rally ... Herself (undercover investigator) (voice) (as Heather Rally)
Michael Novacek ... Himself (curator of paleontology)
Christopher W. Clark ... Himself (Johnson senior scientist) (as Dr. Christopher W. Clark)
Kirk Johnson ... Himself (National Museum of Natural History)
Ady Gil ... Himself (protester)
Shawn Heinrichs ... Himself (marine conservationist)
Paul Hilton ... Himself (photojournalist)
... Himself (undercover investigator)
David Doubilet ... Himself (National Geographic photographer)
Jerry Greenberg ... Himself (underwater photographer)
John Veron ... Himself (Australian Institute of Marine Science) (as J.E.N. 'Charlie' Veron)
... Herself (author of 'The Sixth Extinction')
Synte Peacock ... Herself (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Jason Hall-Spencer ... Himself (marine biologist)


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. There's a hidden world that ... Written by OPS

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18 September 2015 (USA)  »

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Anohni was one of two nominees for Best Original Song at the 2016 Academy Awards, along with composer David Lang for 'Simple Song #3' performed by Sumi Jo from the film 'Youth', who were not invited to perform their song during the awards broadcast. Because of this, Anohni boycotted the event, explaining on her website that she recognized the reason for the snub was because she 'might not sell advertising space', and that it felt like 'a sting of shame that reminded me of America's earliest affirmations of my inadequacy as a transperson' and represented 'a system of social oppression and diminished opportunities for transpeople'. See more »


Louie Psihoyos: In the Arctic, in these cold regions around the planet, underneath the lakes, underneath the oceans, there's vast, vast quantities of frozen methane that's been under there for millions of years.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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There's More to Extinction!
2 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's easy to act as if climate change and mass extinction are not a Western problem - sadly, this is how this documentary mainly presents these issues to us. Although it touches slightly on the problems caused by the West, it focuses primarily on remote locations and allows the Western audience to sit back and simply observe and say "Hey! That's not right, they shouldn't be selling endangered species as a delicacy!". While of course, this is correct, but by shifting the blame to those in far away places, the audience can find it easy to forget that animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction. This is briefly mentioned, but the documentary primarily focuses on underprivileged individuals who catch and sell beautiful creatures such as manta rays to the 'exotic food' market - because they have no other source of income.

Although the documentary is carried well, to understand in detail the main cause of mass extinction - follow this up with 'Cowspiracy' - as good as it is, Racing Extinction doesn't pack the same punch as 'The Cove'.

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