Watch Belo Monte Documentary Today!
- March 14, 2017
- Christian Poirier
Today is International Day of Action for Rivers, and what better way to commemorate it than watching the award-winning documentary film, Belo Monte: After the Flood.
Now available for free download, Belo Monte: After the Flood, by filmmaker Todd Southgate and co-produced by Amazon Watch, International Rivers, and Cultures of Resistance, explores the history and consequences of one of the world's most controversial dam projects, built on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
Narrated by award-winning actors Peter Coyote (English version), Marcos Palmeira (Portuguese version), and Mia Maestro (Spanish version - coming soon!), the documentary chronicles the inspiring work of indigenous peoples, grassroots activists, and their allies to stop the mega-dam's construction and prevent its many disastrous impacts. It exposes the gross disregard for the rule of law that marked the entire project, including a massive corruption scandal involving high-level politicians and construction companies, which left a disastrous legacy of broken promises, socio-environmental damage, and shattered livelihoods among local communities of the Xingu.
Though Belo Monte's first turbines became operational in 2016, Belo Monte: After the Flood demonstrates that the struggle for justice and accountability for crimes committed by dam builders continues to this day, while exposing the new wave of dam threats currently looming over the Amazon.
Since the film was first launched in late 2016, it has already stimulated public debate on this critical issue, and been well-received at film festivals such as CineAmazônia, where it won a popular jury award for best picture!
We hope you'll take this opportunity to watch it, and that you do so with friends and family. To help you organize community screenings, we've prepared a companion guide for the film, which provides additional information and references for key topics addressed in the film, as well as suggested questions for group discussion.
On today's International Day for of Action for Rivers let's stand in solidarity with the Amazon's river defenders.
Rivers for life, not for death! Xingu Vivo!