James Cameron is returning to Brazil to film a 3-D movie highlighting the plight of the indigenous people who will be uprooted by the construction of a dam on the Amazon river. The director has been fighting to ban the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant from being built on the Xingu River, an Amazon tributary, but his protests failed to keep President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from approving plans last week.
Now Cameron is planning to show his support for the local tribes by shooting a movie about their lives. In an interview published in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, Cameron says, "I want to return to meet some of the leaders of the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe who invited me. I want to take a 3D camera to film how they live, their culture."
Cameron has previously shot a short piece about the Amazon Indians' resistance to the project and plans to include it as an extra on his forthcoming "Avatar" DVD, set for release at Christmas. Opponents claim up to 16,000 people will be displaced by the project because it will cause flooding along the banks.