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By this time Sting was far from alone, with Mr Cameron having visited the Xingu river the previous month along with stars of his record-breaking film Avatar, including Mrs Weaver. Mr Cameron said that "a real-life Avatar confrontation is in progress." The film tells the story of the Na'vi tribe who seek to protect their planet against a mining corporation from Earth attempting to pillage it's natural resources. Mr Cameron then wrote a letter to President Lula telling him that "80 leaders representing 13 different indigenous communities" had expressed concerns to him about the dam.
"They deeply fear the impact this dam will have on their lives, and are certain that it will end their way of life," he wrote. "They are prepared to do whatever they can to fight the dam, including lay down their lives if necessary." President Lula continued to hold fast to his belief in the project, however, and it now seems that the government of his successor Dilma Rousseff will finally see the dam built, in a defeat for Mr Cameron, Sting and Chief Raoni alike.