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Wednesday, April 12 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Screening and Panel: River of Gold FULL

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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. Miners rush to the Amazon to scrape together enough money to start a business or to feed their family while disregarding the catastrophic consequences to their health and homeland. 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 annihilation as well. Environmental degradation and human degradation are irrevocably intertwined as illegal gold mining is directly tied to corruption, human trafficking, narcotics, and organized crime.
An animated agouti springs to life to tell the story of its ecosystem, as it represents the only species capable of cracking open the Brazil nut and thereby repopulating this essential apex forest tree. The valuable Amazon rainforest is not only being stripped of life, but also forever poisoned with mercury, a by-product of illegal mining practices.
Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland? River of Gold reaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist as a repository of priceless biodiversity and not as the toxic remains of man’s greed for gold.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah duPont

Sarah duPont

President, Amazon Aid Foundation
Sarah duPont is an award-winning humanitarian, educator and filmmaker and is a vocal advocate of ecological preservation. As the President and Founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sarah works with Neotropical scientists to study Amazonian biodiversity with an eye toward educating the public and introducing cutting-edge conservation practices and on the ground solutions to the region. Sarah is a producer of the film River of Gold, the short... Read More →
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Enrique Ortiz

Vice President and co-founder, Amazon Conservation Association
Enrique Ortiz was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He is trained as a tropical ecologist (San Marcos University in Lima, and Princeton University), with a long history of research on species and ecological systems in coastal/marine, deserts, highlands and tropical forest ecosystems. | | His specialty is community ecology (plant animal interactions) and has authored several research papers and popular articles on a variety of themes, mainly on... Read More →


Wednesday April 12, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Vinegar Hill Theatre @ Light House Studio 220 West Market Street

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