Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold. Guided by a Peruvian environmental activist, journalists Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. The valuable Amazon rainforest is not only being stripped of life, but also forever poisoned with mercury, a by-product of the illegal mining practices. With surreal images of once extraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland, Amazon Gold reaffirms the importance of the rainforest as a repository of priceless biodiversity and the global implications of its destruction. Directed by Reuben Aaronson. Produced by Reuben Aaronson, Sarah duPont and James Cavello. 

Amazon Gold

2011 US 53 min
Festival Year: 2013
Types: Documentary, Panel Discussion
Topic: Energy & Resources, Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Wildlife