|Director(s)||Bill Brummel Productions
|Date released (year)||2011|
|Production company||Bill Brummel Productions
|Location||Sierra Lione, Angola, DRC|
|Keywords/tags||Mining, natural resources, civil war, trade|
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|Synopsis||Diamonds are symbols of wealth, elegance and love around the world. But in several African nations, they have been a means to power, a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world’s most brutal terrorists. The human cost of the illicit global diamond trade is examined in the provocative documentary “Blood Diamonds” from the History Channel.|
|Reviews/discussion||The History Channel makes a well made film explaining the bloody history of the diamond trade and its accompanying wars while doing so in a way that is powerful yet filled with facts.
Isn’t often that television can provide more complete coverage of a story than the written word, but this is a prime example. Even after seeing “Blood Diamond” the movie, you wouldn’t have the context of this story until seeing this documentary. It chronicles the whole history of the collapse of Sierra Leone over decades, brought about by the diamond resource there. Because atrocities played a major role (and are still being adjudicated), there are many graphic images too strong for kids.
The show will leave you not only with some moral outrage about the industry in general; it also exposes the specter of Al Queda’s involvement in the trade. It arms you with questions you can pose about your own purchases to avoid contributing to further instability and corruption in those countries. It’s a great pleasure to hear Jeffrey Wright’s narration, but frustrating because he’s not seen much more often.
|Links to other resources||Stop Blood Diamonds