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Release Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:52 PM
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Howard University Hosts DC Premiere of “WHITE GOLD”

Documentary on Africa’s Ivory Trade is Part of Environmental Film Festival


WASHINGTON (March 21, 2014)--White Gold, a documentary exposing the negative impact of the modern-day ivory trade in Africa, will make its way to Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 27, in the Digital Auditorium of Howard University’s Blackburn Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This event is part of the 22nd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The event is sponsored by Howard’s Office of Sustainability and is supported by the Howard University Student Association and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a part of the HU-EPA Memorandum of Understanding.

Narrated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, White Gold shows how the demand for ivory is threatening elephant populations in Africa, destabilizing the region and even helping to fund terrorism.

“White Gold is a frontline exposé of the modern day ivory trade – its effect on African countries and wider regional stability, its potential to fund terrorism and its global reach. Produced by professionals from the conservation, filmmaking and security fields, the film illustrates the awe-inspiring complexity, beauty and emotional intelligence of the elephant, Africa’s most majestic and iconic wild animal.”

Following the screening, filmmakers Arne Glimcher and Ian Saunders will be on hand to discuss the film. Glimcher is a producer and director of several motion pictures including Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies and The Mambo Kings. He is chairman of the Board of Directors for the African Environmental Film Foundation, a non-profit organization which, since its launch in 1998, has produced more than 20 educational films about environmental issues in Africa, including White Gold. Saunders is a professional African wildlife manager, ecologist, security/intelligence advisor and was a soldier in the British Army. He is vice president of the African Environmental Film Foundation. 

For Information Contact:
Alfonzye Chisholm, AIA, LEED AP - Director, Howard University Office of Sustainability
202 806 1139,

Helen Strong, Public Affairs Director, Environmental Film Festival


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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