By Kate Ward
Updated September 05, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Mark FellmanLooks like James Cameron might be taking his support of the Amazon into the third dimension. According to AFP, the Avatar director told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that he plans to shoot a 3-D film in Brazil that will focus on indigenous tribes’ opposition to the building of a dam that could flood their lands.

“I want to return to meet some of the leaders of the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe who invited me,” he is quoted as saying to the paper. “I want to take a 3-D camera to film how they live, their culture.” This wouldn’t be the first movie Cameron filmed in the region — the director, a longtime supporter of the Xikrin-Kayapo, already shot a short film about the tribe and the dam, which could force 16,000 people to relocate if it is constructed. (The short movie will be included in the special features of the Avatar DVD.)

And, obviously, it wouldn’t be the first time the director would release a 3-D film centering on the theme of environmental preservation: The Na’vi tribe in little film called Avatar fought the RDA Corporation’s attempts to invade and desecrate their land. (Of course, I don’t necessarily have to recount the plot since $750 million worth of you already saw the flick.) Sound familiar?

It’s hard not to applaud Cameron for attempting to bring attention to the Xikrin-Kayapo’s cause — even if, on top of his plans to film an Avatar 2, things might start to seem redundant — and a high-profile project could certainly raise awareness. The director, however, would need to work quickly: Construction on the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Xingu River could begin as early as the end of this year.

Either way, it’s nice to hear Cameron supporting a cause, rather than criticizing a fun summer movie’s use of 3-D, hm? Would a movie about the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe actually be worth the extra charge that comes with seeing a 3-D movie? (Especially since Cameron would likely donate at least a portion of the funds?)


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  • PG-13
  • 162 minutes
  • James Cameron