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In collaboration with the Museum of Tolerance and USC’s Rossier School of Education and Amazon Aid, Journeys in Film is offering a free two-day workshop for California educators.  Ideal for middle and high school educators, this two-day institute set in the immersive environment of the Museum of Tolerance will prepare educators to walk away with interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to the Common Core for  Amazon Aid Foundation‘s River of Gold, a documentary which 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 illegallymined gold, destruction that has consequences on a global scale. River ofGold 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.

The Journeys in Film River of Gold interdisciplinary curriculum guide teaches students about the nature of watersheds and the uniqueness of the Amazon River, the interdependent relationships that make the Amazon such a rich and biodiverse environment, the tribes whose welfare and lives are threatened by the deforestation and destruction of the Amazon, and the activists who have worked to expose environmental injustice and global inequity. Students and educators will be inspired to continue the work of environmental advocacy while engaging academic standards. 

Participating educators will:

    • Experience a screening of River of Gold, followed by a Q&A with Sarah duPont, President of the Amazon Aid Foundation
    • Tour relevant exhibits in the Museum of Tolerance
    • Learn how the arts can be used effectively to advocate for human rights and environmental justice
    • Engage in and implement interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to the Common Core
    • Learn about additional environmental films and resources for the classroom
    • Enjoy a catered lunch and receive lesson plans and access to the film to use in your classroom
    • Earn Continuing Education Units from the University of Southern California

The Museum of Tolerance covers the cost of tuition, select educational resource materials, water, coffee, snack, lunch and some of the travel expenses for non-local participants who are located beyond a 50-mile radius.



River of Gold – Official Trailer from Amazon Aid on Vimeo.