Thursday, December 07, 2006

Blood Diamond

In Africa there is so much unrest. Blood Diamond depicts Sierra Leone in 1999. This area is rich in diamonds. There is a frightening rebel faction that rules the area with violence and terror, to maintain control of this industry. This is the story of an honest fisherman who values his family, and wants a better life for his children. His world is shattered when his village is stormed by rebels, his family taken to a refuge camp, and he is forced to work mining diamonds. He comes across a large, rare stone that he manages to hide. Though a variety of circumstances he comes in contact with a mercenary, who has the connections he needs to get back to the diamond's hiding place, and to then sell it. The man agrees to give up the stone, but his larger motivation is to find his family. This film is intense and violent. Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou are great. ** More information here on how to avoid purchasing conflict diamonds.

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