The Last Ocean, (c) John Weller
Shown as part of the Rivers Program
Washington, D.C. Premiere 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.
Tickets, $11, available at www.nglive.org/dc or by calling 202-857-7700.