LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales feels identified with the subject of the movie “Avatar,” the latest film by James Cameron and the second biggest box-office in history, the official ABI news agency reported on Tuesday.
The president went to the movies for the third time in his life to see “Avatar,” according to ABI, and said that despite its “heavy dose of fantasy,” the film is “a profound example of resistance to capitalism and the fight for the defense of nature.”
Morales, Bolivia’s first Indian president, went to the movies Sunday with his daughter, Eva Liz, 15, and one of her cousins, and found the plot of “Avatar” in line with “the fight for the protection of Mother Earth and against capitalism.”
The film, which was conceived by the celebrated director of box-office hits some 15 years ago, tells the story of the planet Pandora, where invaders from Earth, local natives and avatars fight for survival.
The plot of the movie brings into conflict opposing ideas about development and coexistence with nature.
The Bolivian president had not gone to a movie theater in years and the first time he did so was in the 1970s to see a biographical film about soccer star Pele, ABI said.
Morales, who last year was declared a “World Hero of Mother Earth” by the U.N., has taken the struggle for the defense of the rights of nature to several international forums, including the recent climate-change summit in Copenhagen.
Precisely as a consequence of what he considers the “failure” of that world forum, the Indian leader has called a conference in Bolivia next April to debate the creation of a “tribunal of climatic justice” and an international referendum on measures for protecting the environment. EFE