Amazon Aid Foundation’s acclaimed documentary River of Gold has been named a finalist in the Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day Showcase on March 3rd. River of Gold is part of the longform showcase that turns the lens on the Future of Forests.

The finalists were announced by Jackson Wild, The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who curated the selection with filmmakers, scientists and stakeholders from around the world. Winners will be announced on March 3.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock and produced by Amazon Aid Foundation, River of Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey bearing witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illicitly mined gold. War journalists Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. Peruvian environmental activist and biologist, Enrique Ortiz, guides the team, pointing out the heedless exploitation of the land for minor gain.

“Our goal with the documentary was to produce a film that educated global audiences about the importance of the Amazon, and the implications of its destruction worldwide through the lens of gold mining,” explains Sarah duPont, Co-Director/Producer River of Gold. “ It was important to bring in the science as we unravelled the story so the audience, whether a president of a country or a student in a classroom, walks away from the film with an understanding of why we need to keep the Amazon standing and hopefully engage in action to protect it. This opportunity, to be recognized by Jackson Wild, is an important part of conveying this message and we are honored to be selected.”

A renowned international conference for over 25 years, The Jackson Hold Wildlife Film Festival – now Jackson Wild – will present the 2021 content line-up as a virtual experience.

Find out more about Jackson Wild and the Forest finalists.