9th DMZ Docs(2017)
I AM DOCU
Director Louie Psihoyos assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, Racing Extinction reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.
If you are not familiar with a geological epoch 'Anthropocene' or the term 'the sixth extinction,' probably you may not know about a man-made mass extinction of life. In fact, every life is destined to death, which natural in the ecosystem. But what if human being is accelerating the natural process thousands of times?
<Racing Extinction> deals with the very Issue. Of course, there are many more documentaries dealing with similar topics. But director Louie Psihoys and his colleagues take a multifaceted approach to produce the film, which makes this film all the more meaningful. They infiltrates into the black markets to report inhumane practices of shark poaching while they uses high tech equipment to record the songs of whales across the ocean and to understand their communication. The film also informs the audience of the truth of the man-made climate change, helping us recognize how dangerous we are to the entire ecosystem.
Not a single species has sensed their ongoing extinction. It is not only because extinction usually takes millions of years but also because they were not intelligent enough to notice it. But we, human being, have the ability to cause mass extinction of life on Earth and at the same time to recognize and prevent it. This documentary raises public awareness of this truth and also features a sensational and artistic illumination of the buildings. In this regard, the documentary is worth watching. [Won Jong-woo]
The Cove (2009) As a child I used to deliver papers for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and at 17, I got my start in making images in their photo department. In my 20’s, I became a photographer for National Geographic. Now, I find myself in a race alongside other environmentalists to save a planet that is losing species at a rate not seen since a comet hit 65 million years ago.Film can still be the most powerful weapon in the world—a weapon of mass construction. I’m interested in radically changing how people perceive a documentary by making it entertaining and using narrative filmmaking conventions. In our new film, Racing Extinction, we used the highest quality production values and a collective of environmental activists to raise awareness of the issue.With this project, I want to tackle the most important problem the world has ever faced, the epic loss of biodiversity. By combining a compelling film and a groundbreaking activation campaign, we want to create a movement for change.
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