Yes, you read that right - in 2015, the silver screen will present the story of American saviors who go to the rainforest to save an uncivilized tribe, but the tribe shows how savage it truly is and turns on said saviors.
Racist portrayals of indigenous people are all too common - whether it's a sports mascot perpetuating the noble savage stereotype or a grunting buckskin-clad brave brought to life by Hollywood, America refuses to let go of the ideology that Native Americans are a people of the past.
"The Green Inferno" takes it up a notch. Why feature historical tribal savages when you can set the story in modern times and show the tribe actually eating people?
Indignation about the incredibly offensive depiction of indigenous people aside, this couldn't have come at a worse time for real-life Amazonian tribes.
Logging, mining, and drilling have resulted in deforestation and increased competition for the resources that remain. Outside contact with isolated tribes brings the threat of diseases they lack immunity to, and destruction of their cultures.
Peru recently proposed to end its no-contact policy set in place to protect isolated tribes in the Amazon region, a move that some indigenous rights groups believe is tied to corporate pressure to open the land for oil, gas, timber, and gold. The government has since retreated on the proposal, suggesting that the tribes should seek contact first.