River of Gold
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.
The film was indeed very difficult and dangerous to make. The stakes were high and filming illegal mines is not welcomed.
Moments of the shoot were thick with tension; skirting danger, not knowing if this mission could be completed successfully and safely. But thanks to a courageous and talented crew, they came home with 26 hours of horrible, poignant, yet beautiful imagery for the world to see. 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. You can now witness these young men standing in barrels laden with mercury, child prostitution, narcotics, slavery, organized crime and the majestic trees once filled with the joyous songs of birds now turning into desolate and toxic soil all gone in the quest for gold.
So many people comment on the music! I've not had this before in such numbers and consistency. And that's because, simply, the music is perfect: it fits with the story, it's subtle at all times but powerful when it needs to be.
There is no question but that the film is largely the success that it is because of the wonderful score. I can't thank you enough for your talent and generosity. Can't wait for the next opportunity.
River of Gold, Director - Reuben Aaronson
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