Diving into the illegal trade pipeline in Manta Rays across Southeast Asia, this story travels from landing sites in India to insurgency-hit border towns near Myanmar to the wildlife markets of Guangzhou and Hong Kong – meeting with the main actors driving this trade of one of the ocean’s most charismatic species, all for one product, “Peng Yu Sai.”
Filmmakers: Malaika Vaz & Nitye Sood
Running Time: 54 mins
Malaika Vaz, Filmmaker
Vaz is a National Geographic Explorer, TV presenter, and wildlife filmmaker. She hosts, directs, and produces documentaries on the environment and wildlife conservation. Her work has aired on television networks like Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Al Jazeera. Her most recent TV series is Living with Predators. Passionate about creating policy impact, she collaborates with organizations like WildAid and the Wildlife Trust of India on anti-trafficking investigations and campaigns.
Nitye Sood, Filmmaker
A Green-Oscar nominated wildlife filmmaker and cinematographer, Sood has worked on productions for National Geographic, Animal Planet, Netflix, the BBC, and Al Jazeera. Recently, he has turned his attention to creating films that can inspire conservation action and tangible change on the ground. His series Living with Predators focuses on the co-existence between communities and India’s big cats and airs on Nat Geo Wild.