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Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock

“RIVER OF GOLD,” a documentary film by the Amazon Aid Foundation, is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle by illicit small scale gold mining.

Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian scientist and activist Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illicitly mined gold with consequences on a global scale. What will be the fate of this critical region of priceless biodiversity as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland?

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River of Gold Movie Stills

Stills from the River of Gold movie should be credited as follows:
“Courtesy of Amazon Aid Foundation and Ron Haviv/ VII Agency”

River of Gold Photos by Ron Haviv

High resolution images by Ron Haviv/VII available upon request. For more information contact info@amazonaid.org.
All Ron Haviv photographs must include photo credits as follows: “Photo by Ron Haviv, VII Agency”

In the Classroom

In tandem with the “River of Gold” documentary film, Amazon Aid has produced a curriculum with our partner Journeys in Film that will amplify the film’s impact and educate students worldwide about the importance of the Amazon and promote working solutions for saving it. Click the Get Curriculum button below to learn more and receive your FREE Curriculum.

Resource Guides

For the first time, resources about the what why and where of the gold supply chain are being consolidated into one place providing easy access to information from the ground to the consumer of how to engage in working solutions to promote a cleanly and responsibly sourced gold.

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