Avatar director James Cameron is preparing to make another film “about an indigenous tribe trying to preserve its land,” but this time it is a true story.
Cameron is making a documentary about the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe in Brazil and its attempts to stop the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, which is to be built near tribal lands on the Xingu River. When the Xikrin-Kayapo leaders approached the director to ask for his help, Cameron said he “could not turn away.”
The dam, to be built by the end of 2010 or early 2011, is projected to be the third largest in the world. Opposition groups say the [resulting] flooding will displace about 12,000 people and destroy the fishing industry, but the Brazilian government maintains that the lands will not be harmed.”
“I want to return to meet some of the leaders of the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe who invited me,” the Canadian director said in an interview published in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.
“I want to take a 3D camera to film how they live, their culture,” said Cameron, whose blockbuster movie Avatar tells the story of the peaceful Na’Vi people who live in harmony with nature on the planet Pandora and wage a bloody fight against strip-miners from Earth.
His short film about the dam will be included on the “Avatar” special-edition DVD, scheduled for release in November.