WJA Foundation will host a free, private online screening on June 3, 2021 at 7pm ET for the documentary River of Gold, followed by a livestream Q&A with co-director Sarah duPont, WJA Foundation President Brandee Dallow, sustainable business strategist Christina Miller, and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and co-author of Dirty Gold, Nicholas Nehamas.
River of Gold chronicles a clandestine journey bearing witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the Amazon rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold. Presented by the WJA Foundation, Amazon Aid Foundation, and Ethical Metalsmiths, this event will explore responsible sourcing opportunities and how to participate in the work of positive, transformative change within our industry. A trailer for the film can be seen here.
WJA Foundation, a separate charitable organization from the Women’s Jewelry Association, supports WJA’s mission of providing educational and business opportunities that allow women to reach their full career potential. The screening will benefit WJA Foundation’s newly launched Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Education Fund. In partnership with leading institutions and organizations, this fund supports education to train professionals in our industry to become sustainability champions which will help innovate the future of our supply chains, with the goal of protecting the planet for generations to come.
“WJA Foundation is pleased to kick-off our Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Education Fund with a private free screening of River of Gold,” says WJA Executive Director, Jennifer Markas. “We are thrilled to partner with leading organizations, including Amazon Aid Foundation and Ethical Metalsmiths, to provide WJA members with access to educational materials, insights and resources on responsible sourcing practices. A portion of donations from this event will go directly toward funding education scholarships to advance best practices in our industry.”
Amazon Aid Foundation educates and activates global citizens to protect the Amazon through art, science, multimedia and film. Its vision is to preserve the Amazon rainforest for the health of the planet and for future generations to enjoy.
“Our aim with River of Gold is to show the impact of illicit and unregulated gold mining in order to inspire change,” notes River of Gold Co-Director & Amazon Aid Foundation Founder Sarah duPont. “It’s only through a collaborative process with incredible organizations like WJA Foundation and Ethical Metalsmiths that industry transformation will happen. We are honored to present the film at this special event.”
Ethical Metalsmiths is a community of caring buyers, jewelers, designers and suppliers. Committed to responsible, environmentally-sound practices for all facets of the jewelry industry, its mission is to strive to connect and educate people globally from mine to market. The donations directed to Ethical Metalsmiths will fund its newly organized Action Coalition, which harnesses the collective power of our activist jewelry community to take action towards a more ethical industry. As a part of the event, the Ethical Metalsmiths’ Action Coalition will be donating 5 copies of the book Dirty Gold to 5 participants of the screening
The event is open to all professionals in the jewelry and watch industries. To register for the event, please click here riverofgold.filmbot.com.
Learn more about the Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation at https://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/foundation.
Learn more about Amazon Aid Foundation at https://amazonaid.org/.