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Last call: Six species against extinction

Last Call: Six Species Against Extinction is a documentary journey by journalist Ivan Carrillo through some of Mexico's most fascinating and unknown corners, where life is striving to return. The series includes the pronghorn (Antilocapra americana peninsularis) in Baja California Sur, the bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) - one of the favorite trophies of hunters around the world, the feared Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) pushed to the brink of extinction in Mexican territory in the mid-20th century by hunters financed by ranchers to get rid of the "plague" that threatened their livestock. Additionally, the scarlet macaw (Ara macao), American bison (Bison bison) brought from the United States, and the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) are part of the series. Will these species be able to return to their place of origin?

  • Iván Carrillo
  • Iván Carrillo
  • Santiago Santiago Luchini
  • Ivo Gaytán
  • Oswaldo Villalvazo
  • Rodrigo Medellín
    Key Cast
  • Valeria Towns
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Última llamada: Seis especies contra la extinción
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    44,000 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Santiago Wild Festival
    March 23, 2023
    Chile Premiere
    Official Seleccion
Director Biography - Iván Carrillo

Ivan Carrillo (Mexico City, 1970) is a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, and TV host specializing in science, health, and the environment. He currently hosts the series 1.5 Degrees to Save the Planet (Nmás.com.mx and Vix) and The Future of the Planet (EarthX TV). He recently presented his first documentary Last Call: Six Species Against Extinction, which was part of the official selection at the Santiago Wild Festival. He has covered journalism and collaborated with media outlets such as Discovery Channel, CNN en Español, Newsweek en Español, National Geographic LA, El Universal, Expansión, Milenio, among many others. He is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a member of the National Geographic global explorer community.

Ivan Carrillo teaches solution-based journalism courses at the Center for Journalism Training at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and at the Pontifical Bolivarian University (Colombia). He is a co-author of the books Present, Past, and Future of Science Viewed from Journalism (CMCyT, 2018) and A Tactical Guide to Science Journalism: Lessons from the Front Lines (Oxford University Press, 2022). He is also the editor and founder of the collaborative and solution-focused journalism project Historias Sin Fronteras in Latin America. He is the founder of the En Común podcast, which links scientists with indigenous journalists to promote scientific knowledge in indigenous, rural, and suburban communities.

Ivan Carrillo has received various national and international awards in recognition of his journalistic work.

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Director Statement

We are facing a socio-environmental crisis whose origin is not our lack of knowledge about the phenomenon, but our inability to communicate the size of the problem and, above all, what each of us can do. Hope for a new era of humanity is built through actions.