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River of Gold

This documentary chronicles the clandestine journey of two war journalists and their guide into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage destruction of pristine jungle in pursuit of illegally mined gold. The film makes clear the consequences of this devastation on a global scale. Magnificent photography of plants, animals, and people inspires audiences to engage in solutions to protect the Amazon.


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River of Gold is a project of Amazon Aid Foundation. To find out how to host a screening of the film or how to get more involved with efforts to protect the Amazon, visit their website:

Film runtime: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Film rating: Not rated. Most appropriate for Grades 7+. Most of the resources are best for high school students.

River of Gold Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: The Hydrological Cycle (Geography, Environmental Science, Biology)
Lesson 2: Introduction to the Amazon Region (Geography, Environmental Science)
Lesson 3: Rainforest Ecology (Biology, Environmental Science)
Lesson 4: The Biodiversity of the Amazon Region (Biology, Environmental Science, Geography)
Lesson 5: Indigenous Amazonia (Geography, Anthropology, World History)
Lesson 6: Satellite Technology and the Rainforest (Biology, Environmental Science, Computer Science)
Lesson 7: Extractive Industries and Environmental Costs (Environmental Science, Economics, English Language Arts)
Lesson 8: Faces of Activism (Environmental Science, Social Studies)
Lesson 9: Smartphone Photojournalism (Photography, Social Studies)
Lesson 10: The Market for Gold (Economics, Social Studies)
Lesson 11: Next Steps: What Can We Do? (Economics, Social Studies, Community Service Learning)

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River of Gold is featured in our Environmental Studies Lessons set of resources. Please check out our article on Film Tools to Teach Climate.

Sustainable Development Goals
Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.
This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs:
Bright blue background color. White number six top left. Text next to the number reads: Clean Water and Sanitation. Main image, center of blue background, is a cup with white liquid in it and a raindrop inside of that and an arrow pointing down and out of the cup. Burgundy red with a white eight in the upper left hand corner. Text beside the 8 reads: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Central image is a bar graph with a jagged arrow above eventually pointing upward. Dark mustard background with a white 12 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside the number reads: Responsible Consumption and Production. Central image, in white, is a figure eight formed by an arrow. Dark green background color. 13 in the upper left hand corner. Climate Action beside that. Central image on the green background is a white eyeball with what looks like the earth inside of it.

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