Clinton, who was among the night’s attendees, took to the podium to introduce the film produced by Arne Glimcher, speaking to the necessity of making a full effort to curb the extinction of the elephant. Her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, has also spoken out about the ivory trade and was present to support the cause. Also in attendance were Sigourney Weaver, models Christie Brinkley and Iman, Friends star David Schwimmer, artist Chuck Close and political pundit Lawrence O’Donnell.
White Gold provides a glimpse into the annals of the ivory trade, which has gone on for millennia. While it wasn’t always taboo, the devastation in brings to the elephant population has been a constant. The film puts on full display the harsh manner in which the elephants’ tusks are extracted, leaving them for dead and the long-term catastrophic effects upon the elephant population in Africa. What’s more, White Gold suggests that the tusks, with their value climbing with their supply, have been – and will be again – sold for cash that is then used for terrorist activities.