By Johnnie Jae
IMDB describes the plot of The Green Inferno in the following words:
“A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.”
This is a huge improvement from the original description released last year that described the plot as “A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.”
After watching this trailer, I’m sure many of you are not surprised by this characterization of indigenous people. Disgusted, but not surprised. In true Hollywood fashion, Eli Roth, like Joe Wright, glorifies the White Savior Industrial Complex and the “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” propaganda.
“While it is just a movie and while it may not have been Eli Roth’s intention, this movie will negatively affect the way that people will treat the struggles of these isolated and uncontacted tribes. Dehumanizing them, making them into monsters will only help to justify the genocide of these aboriginal people because it causes people to lose their ability to empathize and to see these tribal people as fellow human beings. It instills fear and the belief that they deserve what they get for not joining ‘civilized’ society.”
The following image suggests how badly The Green Inferno stereotypes Indians as bizarre and inhuman.