What will be the fate of Peru’s Amazon rainforest, as this critical region of priceless biodiversity is turned into a hellish wasteland? Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by Peruvian Enrique Ortiz, embark on a clandestine journey into the rainforest. They uncover the savage unraveling of a pristine jungle and bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with global consequences. Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government.


Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. Directed by Reuben Aaronson. Produced by Sarah duPont and James Cavello. An Amazon Aid Foundation Production. Special Guests Bill Stetson, Tom Lovejoy, and Enrique Ortiz.


*Introduction by Bill Stetson, Board Member, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Discussion with filmmakers Reuben Aaronson and Sarah duPont, forest ecologist Tom Lovejoy, and Vice President and Co-founder of Amazon Conservation Association, Enrique Ortiz follows screening.


River of Gold

2016 US 66 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Energy & Resources, Parks and Protected Areas