Movie: Blood Diamond

August 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Henry George School suite 1207
30 East Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Bob Matter or Bob Jene
312 450 2906
Poster via Wikipedia
Poster via Wikipedia

Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.

Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996–2001, the film depicts a country torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels’ amputation of people’s hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.

The film’s ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, refers to an historic meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000. [excerpted from Wikipedia]

Directed by Edward Zwick — USA — 2006 — 143 minutes