September 05, 2010

Cameron to film tribe opposing dam

Avatar director vows to return for Amazon tribe fightFilm director James Cameron said Sunday he will return to Brazil this year to make a 3D film on indigenous people of the Amazon who oppose construction of a huge dam for fear it could flood tribal lands.

"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.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Cameron Helps with Anti-Dam Films and Cameron Suffering "Cause Fatigue."


dmarks said...

His celebrity status does bring visibility to this issue. And people listen to him more, as he has not squandered his "bully pulpit" on limousine-liberal shannanigans.

If he were really serious about putting this issue in the spotlight, he would call this dam movie "Avatar II".

Mike Cooke said...

It's good that Cameron is doing with his power and influence. But I wouldn't suggest this film be called 'avatar2' because reality and fiction are not the same.

To be a Cameron movie though, he's going to need to do a great deal of fictionalizing around the subject matter. His winning formula is a classic movie formula, something reality rarely provides without much playing with the facts.

dmarks said...

Actually, my joking point was on the box-office power of the Avatar name. Putting the label "Avatar" on this film would probably make 20 times as many people see it.

Rob said...

Judging by this article, Cameron's film will be a documentary, not a drama. He's produced a dozen or so documentaries and this will be another one.

But it wouldn't hurt to put "Avatar" in the title. Call it Amazon Avatar: Real-Life Na'vi vs. Dam of Doom or something like that.