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James Cameron to shoot documentary about an indigenous Brazilian tribe (in 3D)

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James Cameron and Aboriginese

If having your heart in the right place was an Oscar category…James Cameron still probably wouldn't win, though he'd like to think he would. Cameron, who put it on the record that films like Pirahna 3D "cheapen the medium" of 3D filmmaking, plans to return to Brazil to shoot a documentary on an indigenous South American tribe.

"I want to return to meet some of the leaders of the Xikrin-Kayapo tribe who invited me," Cameron commented in a Sao Paulo newspaper.

Despite how much meanness has been directed at Cameron for his pearl-clutching about a medium that was meant to showcase heads exploding, this sounds interesting. But, as /Film points out, "There have been other documentaries where the extra dimension seems perfectly suited to the medium, such as Hubble 3D, Werner Herzog’s upcoming Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and Cameron’s own Ghosts of the Abyss."

Given Cameron's enthusiasm for/weird sanctimony about native cultures, it sounds like he's just trying to give American viewers an up-close, three-dimensional connection with an aboriginal South American tribe we'd otherwise never know exists. Nice idea. And it will probably look nice, too. Reserve your ire for after you see the movie, when it fails to meet your expectations.