02 Dec '11, 4am

Documentary Takes Aim at Belo Monte Dam

There's a war of sorts underway in the Brazilian Amazon, and the stakes are high. On the one side are entrenched business and political interests dead-set on building a massively impactful hydroelectric dam, unmoved by the social, environmental, and cultural upheavals the project entails. On the other, a growing number of activists are working to raise awareness of what the project means for the nation's future and well-being of its most vulnerable citizens -- and though heavily out-funded and without easy access to media, they're finding a way to get the message out there. Filmaker André D’Elia is one such activist, and he's hoping his documentary Belo Monte - Announcement of a War will catch some much needed attention for his side. Opposition to the Belo Monte dam stretches back to when the project was first proposed in the mid-1970's, though in recent years the governme...

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