Film Screening: "River of Gold" & Panel on Illegal Gold Mining in Amazonia

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Film Screening: "River of Gold" & Panel on Illegal Gold Mining in Amazonia

A screening of "River of Gold" and panel on illegal gold mining in Amazonia.

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Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

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Join us for this in-person film screening of "River of Gold," followed by a discussion with Director Sarah duPont and Brazilian experts Cesar Diniz, Raoni Rajão, and Luiz Eloy Terena on the topics of who profits from illegal gold mining in the Amazon and the consequences of mining on public health, the environment, and Indigenous rights. A reception with light refreshments will be served as of 5pm and the film screening will begin at 5:30pm.

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 rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold. "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.

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Technical Specifications

• “River of Gold,” a film by Reuben Aaronson and Sarah duPont

• Documentary, 63 minutes, 2016, USA

• In Spanish and English with English subtitles


Sarah Dupont, Founder & President, Amazon Aid Foundation

César Diniz, Technical Coordinator, Coastal Zone and Mining Team, MapBiomas

Raoni Rajão, Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Social Studies of Science and Technology, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and 2022-2023 Fellow, Wilson Center

Luiz Eloy Terena, Legal Advisor, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)

Moderator: Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Chair, Brazil Studies Program - DRCLAS

Presented in collaboration with:

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Harvard University Native American Program

Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Center for International Development at Harvard University