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City's Human Rights Speakers Series Presents a Panel Discussion and Screening of ‘River of Gold’

Post Date:October 07, 2019 5:26 PM

HRSS River of GoldThe City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, in conjunction with Amazon Aid Foundation, will host a panel discussion and screening of the film River of Gold.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. A reception will take place at 6:30 p.m., opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and there will be a panel discussion at 8:15 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested at Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park structure, limited to availability.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, River of Gold chronicles the clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. The film follows the journey of Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, and their guide, Peruvian environmental activist Enrique Ortiz. The three men bear witness to the wide-scale destruction and poisoning of the Amazon in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. River of Gold reaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist, inspiring audiences to think about where their gold comes from and engage in solutions to protect the Amazon. Featured panelists will include filmmaker Sarah DuPont; GIA expert Robert Weldon (Gemological Institute of America); and jeweler Alexandra Hart. The discussion will be moderated by Bonnie Abaunza.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.

For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit

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