Belo Monte, An Announcement Of War

by June 23, 2012

Threatened by the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous Peoples of the Xingu River Basin fight together to prevent by any means what they consider to the makings of a terrible catastrophe with global consequences.

Belo Monte, An Announcement Of War is an independent, crowd-funded, feature-length documentary about the largest ongoing construction project in Brazil and the permanent struggle to stop it. The entire film has been uploaded to the internet for anyone who wishes to view it.

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A Documentary about the largest ongoing construction project in Brazil, where both OPINIONS/DEPOSITIONS for and against Belo Monte point towards a environmental, economic and social disaster.

Belo Monte is a hydroelectric dam that the Brazilian government intends to implement right in the heart of the Amazon, on the Xingu River bend, near the city of Altamira in the Pará state.

The documentary "Belo Monte, An Announcement of War" is an independent and collective project regarding the project, that was filmed over 3 expeditions to the Xingu river region. It contains rich material on the BASTIDORES of the most contraversial project being planned in Brazil. The footage is incredibly IMPACTANTE, including interviews with the main people involved AND IMPACTED by the project, including Indiginous leaders (such as Cheif Raoni and Megaron), the Brazilian Attorney General (Dr. Felício Pontes), the president of the Brazilian National Indian Foundation - FUNAI (Márcio Meira) and local politicians in favour of the construction of the dam.

  • frank galvan
    June 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The impact of all the enviromental issues does not concern their government as do the indigenous population, the concern of only money an economical growth is always ANY GOVERNMENTS concern, it's a shame that rather than finding a common ground to deal with all the issues, it will take bloodshed instead to bring awareness?


  • Margaret Tobin
    July 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Really, really opening my eyes to big picture and TRUTH here. Belo Monte Dam and energy are not ultimate goal. also provides clear references that the dam will be inefficient for electricity. So, more dams would be needed. I think the ultimate goal is to remove all the people.

    The following is speculation on my part:
    Do a Google search for "mineral resources Brasil Amazon." When I did this search, most information appeared from various industrial groups not in Brasil. How would they best access these mineral resources? Remove the people. How to remove the people? Build dams. Would fluctuating water levels affect mining operations? Not my area of knowledge, but probably. Hmm... dams not only can remove people, but regulate water levels...


  • kim h
    July 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

    the only truely free people, living on the land with love for the land, the rightful owners of the land. goverments, corporations, white, greed, void of concious, dead in soul and spirit. it is a very dark time all over the world. these powers are destroying earth and families of all creation, every living thing. to destroy the balance is to bring death. these people are who we should learn from they have the secrets to life, life in harmony with the living soil, water and air, they are the people, the secret to the real life.WAKE THE FUCK UP WORLD. i don't think the people of the world can wake up because their brain and every cell in their body is dead. i am so heartbroken about the plite of these people, i am one person, stuck in the prision of american city life, feel helpless to this situation, which will effect the whole world if the dam is built. will anyone care??? where are the people with money and power to help???


  • Patty Vrolijk
    July 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm



  • Chris Rowe
    July 13, 2012 at 5:26 am

    We must stop the greedy rich corporations and the elite cabal from manipulating the tribes and the rain forests for the future of the planet as we know it.


  • anna
    July 15, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Dear President Dilma,

    The days of the Conquistadors are over, and we have learned from their mistakes.
    Ancient cultures and pristine wildernesses are the jewels of the world, and to bulldoze stubbornly through them in the name of progress is no longer acceptable. Because this is not true progress. True progress in this day and age MUST honor the planet on which we live, it MUST strike a balance between scientific ingenuity and natural law. We are not removed from nature, much as our human arrogance likes to forget this.

    This is why I urge you to oppose the Belo Monte Dam construction, which is displacing thousands of native americans and desecrating the world's last great wilderness. Brazil deserves better than this.

    To commit ecocide is terrible but to destroy a part of our humanity: Amazonian tribes that represent an important face of the human race, is to cause this aspect of our human intelligence to disappear. Keeping ancient cultures alive safeguards the full spectrum of our ways of being in the world. To destroy them is not progress, it is simply creating a monoculture, a global glut of one-track thinking, of one-sided discourse, which impoverishes us all as a species.

    The true value of native wisdom is only just now beginning to be honored and understood, as mega-industrialized nations come full circle and embrace once more the laws of balance and nature.

    The Amazonian tribes have fought with all their strength against being assimilated into the dominant paradigm, which is currently that of endless consumption. And why should they be forced to join a battalion of indentikit-house-owning, daytime-tv watching zombies? These tribes have much to teach us, and should be honored even as we embrace the wonderful powers of technology.

    It is pride, greed and lack of imagination on our part to think the rush to industrialize at any cost is so urgent. Progress should lead us to our highest potential. Ecocide is not our highest potential. We can do better than this, as a species, as a human family.

    We have the knowledge and the technology to do this, if progress for everyone is the true goal. There are brilliant minds already in this world who have found smart solutions that allow us to harness energy and simultaneously let wild areas live and sustain life.

    True progress is supporting those minds and that technology, that can carry us to a future that is clean, smart, green, just and humane.

    This future needs the will and commitment of a strong leader. Are you that leader, President Dilma? Because if you are not, the people that are committed to this future will have to lead themselves. And there are MILLIONS of them, across the world, and in your own country, that wish to participate in this better future, MILLIONS that have signed the petition against the Belo Monte Dam, that has been presented to you.

    Will you listen to them?

    The new resistance movement stands before you, President Dilma.
    Please don't become the new oppressor.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Anna Meister,


  • Paolo
    July 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

    It is not necessary to build dams to generate electricity, as a matter of fact the asinine, suicidal, insane energy production scam based on 200-years-old electrodynamics is shear madness, designed not to work - the same as building a windmill inside a barn. There are alternatives with coefficient of performance way above 1 that would generate way more electrical power than all crappy hydroelectric stone-age crap put together. The fact that our "electrical engineers" still do this is "one of the most remarkable and inexplicable aberration of the scientific mind which has ever been recorded in history" - Nikola Tesla.

    Educate yourself and demand this scam to end before we destroy this planet for good.


  • Jo
    July 23, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Please make this video with larger english subtitles, it will help your cause!


  • Ann Solano
    July 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I could tell you the history and impact on any tribes but from 86 years ago. Ask any Missouri River Native from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. First hydroelectric power, then comes the thirst that ravages them like rabies but on a woodtick for everything,energy(coal,oil,natural gas) and then comes the mineral termites.


  • valeria
    August 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    "Anybody who believes, that Brazil will not build more hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region lives in a fantasy world!" Dilma Rousseff, Presidenta do Brasil.


  • otton bexaron
    August 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Belo Monte dam is close to the city Altamira, 120,000 population in a district with agriculture since over 100 years: Cocoa plantations whose shadow trees look like "jungle" from above, 400,000 cattle, cultivation of corn, sugar, beans. Altamira municipal district (county) is the second largest in the world - as large as Switzerland - and NO INDIANS - live on land used for the building of the reduced dam whose electricity will be primarily generated by the flow of the river. Only two indingenous groups - less then 1000 people live near the dam. One of the groups - the "Arara da Volta Grande"(less then 200) is not really a historic ethnic groups but a band of whom some are from known indigenous ancestry and others who are migrants fro the State Maranhao that may have moved to the location in anticipation of opportunity to gain from compensation - by the dam builders. In the 27 political parties 26 want the Belo Monte Dam, the only party - the "Verde/Green" has not opposed it but backs claims to more compensatory programs. Most the Indians in the area have VOTED in favor of the dam - because they need electricity for water pumps (no more drudging women with buckets), for their TVs, their children's computers, the reservation schools and clinics. Nobody in Canada expects that First Nation Aborigines or Inuit live without electricity - WHY SHOULD BRAZIL'S INDIANS LIVE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY ?


  • TV
    October 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Where are the Powerful people with money! Making more money off of you!
    The people that are doing this are part of a world wide so called elite brotherhood called the Freemasons they have long wanted to destroy the indigenous people's of the world! They are a threat to their addiction to commercialism ! And if these people teach the world how to reconnect with nature it will affect them dramatically!


  • Alf de Hombre
    January 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Brazilian Government,
    You have the golden opportunity now to lead the world and set a wonderful example of real intelligence to the new emerging global humanity by not succumbing to the pressures of short-sighted current commercial and industrial interests. Nations, we the people of this planet now already have the technologies right now which will make these large and destructive projects look like a complete waste of time and suffering.
    Be truly wise.

    Alf de Hombre


  • jim
    November 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The problem is, that the Brazillian gov isn't pulling the strings here. They are helping things along to be sure but it's the global elite/banksters who are the true architects of these and many other world wide atrocities. Follow the money and you will see. It is the duty of every man and woman on the planet to stop feeding the machine. Stop shopping at chain stores, putting your money in banks, using credit cards, and eating GMO poisoned foods. They will go as far as WE allow them to. It's up to us, ALL of us, all over the world to say no! We've had enough. We aren't going to live in your cashless society where everyone is microchipped and no longer free, but a slave instead to further perpetuate an evil, dirty, greedy system designed by a few evil "men".


  • fabia brugnaro
    March 12, 2014 at 4:28 am

    the amazon forest is vital for the life of the whole planet it must be preserve


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