The riveting documentary River of Gold, which sounds the alarm about the dire threat of illicit and unregulated gold mining in the Amazon Rainforest, has just been released in the United States.
Narrated by Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek and Academy Award and Grammy winner Herbie Hancock, River of Gold is the harrowing account of a secret journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle by illicit small-scale gold mining.
“I often describe nature as being the place where I find the greatest comfort, which is why I was compelled to help voice this document of the rainforest’s destruction,” said Spacek in a statement. “I hope that when people see the film they find it in their hearts to help save this wondrous place.”
“We are citizens of the world, and if we want to create change we need to be open to the experiences of others and our ultimate interconnectedness,” said Hancock. “Films, like music, allow us to build empathy and understanding. From there, we can work together to reimagine our future.”
In the documentary, war journalists, Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, are joined by Enrique Ortiz, a Peruvian scientist and activist, as they expose unthinkable, apocalyptic destruction in Peru. The film reveals how gold mining is obliterating biodiversity, endangering local populations, and turning forests into hellish wastelands.
The film also illuminates how vulnerable trees, over one thousand years old, and countless species of plants, animals and insects – both known to science and yet to be discovered – fall victim to the wide-spread annihilation. It also demonstrates how environmental and human degradation are irrevocably intertwined, with illegal gold mining directly tied to corruption, human trafficking, narcotics, and organized crime.
River of Gold, an Amazon Aid Foundation Production, is co-directed by Sarah DuPont andReuben Aaronson. The producers are DuPont, Aaronson, and James Cavello.
“Illicit and unregulated gold mining is one of the fastest and most dangerous forms of deforestation in the Amazon today,” said DuPont. “River of Gold is a testimonial to the urgency of the situation, and it is a call to act. We will make change, but it starts with awareness, education, and inspiration to build a future that protects the rainforest and its people.”
“River of Gold is a powerful, eye-opening documentary on one of the most tragic and urgent situations the planet is facing,” stated Mounia Chiboub from distributor Under The MilkyWay. “We are honored to bring such a timely and important project to audiences around the world.”
The documentary is available to stream on Apple Movie, iTunes, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Vudu HERE!
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