White Gold, a film exposé about the cross-continental ivory trade narrated by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, premiered in New York City on Tuesday evening at the Museum of Modern Art before a star-studded audience.

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.

David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman entering ‘White Gold’ screening


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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 it 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.

Hillary Clinton Narrates Anti-Ivory Trade Exposé

The filmmakers and conservationists behind White Gold hope to bring the harsh realities of the ivory trade to a wider audience. They plan to take their 40-minute exposé to China, where the trade is the most prevalent, and impart upon prospective buyers the dangerous reality in taking the tusks from the majestic wild animal.

Iman on the red carpet at the ‘White Gold’ screening

Due in part to Clinton’s activism, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service plans on destroying the country’s domestic stocks of ivory to dissuade the ongoing trade of not only ivory, but that of rhinoceros horns and other animal products.

– Chelsea Regan

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