Author Topic: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies  (Read 12036 times)

Offline NolaD

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Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:14:44 AM »
I was just wondering, other than the film Blood Diamond featuring Leonardo DeCaprio, have any other films been made about conflict diamonds? That movie really hit me hard. I'd be interested to know of more movies like it.

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Re: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 12:10:31 PM »
Hi Nola and welcome back :D
I`ve no idea if there are any other movies about blood diamonds. Maybe someone else on here will know the answer to that.
I once saw a documentary, not a movie about certain African diamond mines and it wasn`t nice viewing I`ll tell you.
The miners worked in terrible conditions, their equipment was poor and they were paid hardly anything. Some were driven to trying to steal rough diamonds and if they were caught then they often faced many years in jail in terrible conditions. The lengths they went to were horrendous, they`d pull out their teeth and hide rough diamonds in their gums and other extreme ways, often to sell the rough diamonds for pennies or enough food to feed their families. It gave me plenty of food for thought.
Diamonds are like people, put them under a microscope and you`ll always see a flaw but hold them up to the Sun and each and every one is beautiful.

Offline saqsay1

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Re: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 02:08:13 PM »
I've never understood how you can determine where a diamond bought in a jewelry store comes from? do you just take their word for it that it isn't a blood diamond? or a non-conflict diamond? since diamonds have just so many sources, how do you REALLY know?
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Re: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 02:37:31 PM »
In theory there is (was?) something called the Kimberly process, that is supposed to track diamonds from mine to retail store, and that was (is?) touted by the industry as the solution to avoid the commercialisation of so-called blood diamonds. A few months ago it was shown that the Kimberly process is flawed, allowing untraced diamonds into it. I don't know whether this has effectively killed the initiative or whether it is still going on, perhaps after patching the most apparent flaws.

Offline Trinkette

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Re: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010, 10:41:55 AM »
Not a movie, however, if you are still interested, the book Blood Diamonds, by Greg Campbell, (I think that is how he spells his last name... I can't remember for sure) is a excellent read. The author is a journalist by trade and he has an easy-to-read and to-the-point style. I read the book a couple of years ago and it is still memorable.

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Re: Conflict/Blood Diamond Movies
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 05:47:53 PM »
The truth is in third world areas, anything of value will be exploited and people will be hurt as a result. Gorilla hands to elephant tusks. Whatever is popular, and there is always something hot and popular, these countries will kill their own to obtain it. It's such a shame.