September 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM
The new documentary “Racing Extinction” goes undercover to the edge of mass extinction in the world’s darkest black markets.
An advance image from the filming of “Racing Extinction,” showing filmmaker Louie Psihoyos with an underwater camera. (Courtesy Oceanic Preservation Society / The Filmmakers)
In 2009, audiences around the world were blown away by a documentary by Louie Psihoyos called “The Cove.” It showed the horrifying secret mass slaughter of dolphins in Japan and the sale of mercury-laden dolphin meat to school children. Won an Oscar. Now Psihoyos has taken his cameras global, and the picture is brutal again. Species falling into oblivion under the pressure of manmade climate change. Some hunted and torn to shreds for gills and fins. A “great extinction.” It’s a powerful call to act, and act fast. This hour On Point, Louie Psihoyos and his tough new film, “Racing Exctinction.”
– Tom Ashbrook
Louie Psihoyos, photographer and documentary filmmaker. Director of the new film, “Racing Extinction.” Also director of the Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Cove.” Executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society. (@louiepsihoyos)