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Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, River of Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. 

Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian biologist Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region of priceless biodiversity as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland?

A riveting story of a golden bullet aimed at the heart of the Amazon and the heroic efforts for a much better outcome.

Tom Lovejoy

If you could save the world’s greatest rainforest, would you?

Experts say at the current rate of destruction the Amazon could be gone in 40 years.

On average, 250 tons of earth need to be mined to make one gold wedding ring.

“To what lengths will men not go for the cursed lust for gold?”

-Virgil, The Aeneid

Ron Haviv-Vll Photo Agency


Sarah duPont, Producer
Reuben Aaronson, Director
James Cavello, Producer
Heather Mytelka, Associate Producer
Margarite Almeida, Executive Producer
Donovan Webster, Journalist/Executive Producer
Phyllis Koenig, Executive Producer
Preston LeeExecutive Producer
Jon Fine, Editor
Esteban Arguello, Editor
Matthew Celia, Editor
Herve Cohen, Editor
Beau Bonetti, Music
Anthony Marinelli, Music
Esteban Argüello, Writer
Jenny Maxwell, Writer
Hervé Cohen, Director of Photography
Sissy Spacek, Narrator
Herbie Hancock, Narrator
Ron Haviv, Photojournalist
Thomas Lovejoy, Biologist
Enrique Ortiz, Biologist
Guillermo Palacios, Sound Recordist
Line Producer, Manuel V. Oteyza
Ana Maria Pomareda, Peru Production Manager
Jeanette Maclachlan, Über Content Production Manager
Greg Asner, Scientific Consultant
Luis Fernandez, Scientific Consultant
Adrian Forsyth, Scientific Consultant
Deborah Lawrence, Scientific Consultant
Thomas Lovejoy, Scientific Consultant
Dave Lutz, Scientific Consultant
Enrique Ortiz, Scientific Consultant
Nigel Pitman, Scientific Consultant
Miles Silman, Scientific Consultant
Bryan el Castillo, Artwork
Will Kim, Animator
Ben Fine, Animator
CJ Carpenter, Sound Editor
Cesar Mejia, Sound Editor
Uber Content, Post Production Services
Freed Pictures, Post Production Services
Paladin Media, Post Production Services
Jon Golden, Post Production Services


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