In 2014, the GFN organized the first Green Film Festival Award, an environmental documentary film prize awarding one on eleven documentaries. This year, Michèle Sabban, Vice-president of the Région Île-de-France, offered the GFN Award to Amazon Gold (USA, 2012 – 53′) directed by Reuben Aaronson.
The award, along with a prize of 5000 euros, was presented at the opening ceremony of the 31st FIFE – Festival International du film d’environnement on February 4th, 2014. The film is being screened with French subtitles on February 5th at Cinema des Cinéastes in Paris, France. Amazon Gold was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. The winner was selected by an international jury of film professionals.
Amazon Gold director Reuben Aaronson and Amazon Aid founder Sarah duPont accepting the award.
Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. War journalists Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, led by a Peruvian biologist, uncover the savage unraveling of pristine rainforest. They bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. An animated Agouti springs to life to tell the story of his ecosystem. Left in the wake of 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.
You can download a PDF of the Amazon Gold Press kit by clicking the link below. Amazon Gold Press Kit