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Racing Extinction is a documentary about both the environmental changes caused by humanity and the extinctions it might cause. The documentary begins by quoting scientists who predict that the world might see the extinction of half of the living creatures on it within the next hundred years. The documentary posits the idea that earth is on the verge of the 6th major extinction event. The 5th extinction event being the one responsible for the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

Racing Extinction presents the premise of the 6th extinction event, and proceeds to examine the evidence for it. One of the biggest aspects of the documentary is a worldview look at the impact humans have on the environment. The documentary doesn't focus on any one location or group. It doesn't directly place blame on any one person, country, or culture. Instead it looks all over the world to see how humanity as a whole is causing damage to the environment. And in particular it examines how humanity is directly impacting individual species.

A team of environmental activists including talented translators and interviewers takes to the air in search of explanations for what's happening in the world. They encounter a wide variety of locations. One of the first is a small village where a large amount of people earn a living by hunting manta ray. The big issue there is that the species is very clearly being hunted to extinction. The documentary looks into the lives of both the animals and the people hunting them. This close examination of life and death struggle continues all over the globe. From familiar western environments, to the jungle, and even into urban China.

Not Rated
| 2015 | 1 hr 30 min | 8.3/10 | 81/100
Louie Psihoyos, Heather Dawn Rally, Michael Novacek, Christopher W. Clark
Louie Psihoyos
Produced By
Fisher Stevens

Also directed by Louie Psihoyos

Also starring Louie Psihoyos

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