Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, RIVER OF GOLD is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey bearing witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the Amazon Rainforest in the pursuit of illegally 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.
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. Environmental degradation and human degradation are irrevocably intertwined as illegal gold mining is directly tied to corruption, human trafficking, narcotics, and organized crime.
See trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q2moTSoea0&feature=youtu.be
Doors open at 5:30 get there early to get a good seat
Pizza at 6:00
Film starts around 6:15
Pizza through a generous discount from Vancouver Pizza Company. There will be GF/Vegan as well.
Attention teachers: This can count as professional development credits.