The construction of the Belo Monte dam is one of the most controversial developments ever seen in Brazilian history. The issues raised by its construction go beyond environmental, cultural and social impacts. The approval of a gigantic development in the heart of the Amazon forest, among indigenous lands, has raised alarming concerns.
The independent film company Cinedelia has taken on the challenge of producing a fully detailed documentary about the Belo Monte hydro-dam construction (trailers above and below).
In the last two years, Cinedelia has made 3 expeditions to the Xingu river basin, producing over 120 hours of footage from Altamira to Brasília and São Paulo. They have conducted 87 interviews with people involved in the decision making, the research, the communities affected, and the indigenous peoples threatened by the construction of Belo Monte dam.
You can find out more at the Cinedelia website.
Further information about the issues can be found in the videos here, and in Edward Goldsmith’s and Nicholas Hildyard’s ground breaking study The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams on this website.
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