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Special Movie Screening

Posted: October 31, 2013 10:34 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Sylvia (Sibby) Wood and Sarah duPont invite community members to the screening of Amazon Gold, an Amazon Aid Foundation Production in association with Americas Business Council Foundation on Saturday. The film will begin at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. Admission to the screening is free of charge.

DuPont is the producer of the project and the daughter of local philanthropist, Sibby Wood. DuPont’s interest is in the Amazon, which was once a remote and pristine area that is now in danger of becoming an area of mass ecological destruction. This documentary captures her determination to fight the war against the eradication of the Amazon.

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. Two journalists travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River to reveal the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. The men are guided by Peruvian environment activist and biologist, Enrique Ortiz, who points out the heedless exploitation of the land for minor gain.

Director Ruben Aaronson interviews local miners in Spanish to question their rush 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, as well as countless species of plants, animals and insects, both known and unknown, fall victim to the annihilation.

An animated Agouti springs to life to tell the story of his ecosystem as he 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 byproduct of the illegal mining practices. Left in the wake of almost surreal images of once extraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland, Amazon 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.

For more information about Amazon Gold, contact Margarite Almeida, Amazon Aid Foundation, 212-925-5700 or at margaritealmeida@gmail.com.

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