Monday, November 22, 2010

James Cameron’s Real Life Avatar Battle

James Cameron recently released a short film, created in conjunction with Amazon Watch, to raise awareness about a real life Avatar-style battle in the Amazon Rainforest. A Message From Pandora is a 20-minute feature that highlights the struggle to stop the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon.

The US$17 billion Belo Monte Dam project is the third largest hydroelectric dam project in the world and, when completed, will divert nearly the entire flow of the Xingu River along a 62-mile (100km) stretch. Its reservoirs will flood more than 100,000 acres (, 156 sq.miles) of rainforest and local settlements, displacing more than 40,000 people.

James Cameron, his wife Suzy Amis Cameron and cast members of Avatar, including Sigourney Weaver and Joel David Moore, travelled to the Xingu River in March and April of this year accompanied by Amazon Watch.

“I hope Avatar fans will watch A Message from Pandora and join me in this critical fight to urge the Brazilian Government to reconsider the Belo Monte Dam and to encourage governments everywhere to choose greener energy alternatives like energy efficiency, wind and solar energy,” explained James Cameron.

Unfortunately, if you want to see A Message From Pandora, you have to buy the Avatar extended collector’s edition DVD.

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