To cancel the launch of the dehumanizing film "Green Inferno"
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IMDB describes the plot of Green Inferno in the following words:
“A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe. Unfortunately, they crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.” .
As you can tell from the description and trailer, Eli Roth has decided to glorify the White Savior Industrial Complex that has plagued indigenous people since the early colonialist days of “kill the Indian, save the man”, while the indigenous people are, of course, cannibalistic savages .
In January of this year (2014), the Peruvian government greenlighted the Camisea gas project’s expansion to the lands of “uncontacted” Amazon tribes, despite the UN’s recommendation that they first provide an extensive study of the threats the expansion would pose to the aboriginal people. This expansion gives Pluspetrol (Argentina), Hunt Oil (US) and Repsol (Spain) permission to detonate thousands of explosive charges, drill exploratory wells and move hundreds of workers into the Nahua-Nanti Reserve for isolated and uncontacted tribes. This move by the Peruvian government will expose the indigenous people to diseases that they lack the immunity to fight off, it will destroy their homelands and their entire way of life.
For a film to demonize this vulnerable group of indigenous people as they are facing the threat of genocide is reprehensible. While it is just a movie and while it may not have been Eli Roth’s intention, this movie will negatively affect the way that people will treat the struggles of these isolated and uncontacted tribes. Dehumanizing them, making them into monsters will only help to justify the genocide of these aboriginal people because it causes people to lose their ability to empathize and to see these tribal people as fellow human beings. It instills fear and the belief that they deserve what they get for not joining “civilized” society.
This is why it is of the utmost importance that we keep fighting for authentic indigenous representation in the mainstream media.
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