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Diamond Road

Nisha Pahuja & Manfred Becker / Canada / 2008 / 99 ' / English

Credits

John Kramer & Nisha Pahuja
Robert Lang & Cornelia Principe

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Awards & Festivals

2007, Amsterdam International Documentary Festival, Netherlands
2008, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Canada
2008, New York Jewish Film Festival, USA
2008, Tri Continental Film Festival, South Africa
2008, Human Rights Nights, Italy
2008 WorldFest Houston, USA
2008, Winner, Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest Houston, USA
2008, Winner, Best Documentary Series, Gemini Awards, Canada

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A political economy documentary on diamonds - holding the jewel to the light.

Synopsis

Every year, worldwide, 24 tons of diamonds are teased from the heart of the earth. Once mined they begin their year-long journey through the "pipeline," a vast, secretive network encompassing five continents and a diverse cast of characters. By the end of their journey these tiny bits of carbon will have made multi-millionaires of some and virtual slaves of others. Boring deep into the diamond world, Diamond Road explores the multiple meanings this object has for a few of the captivating characters who are part of the diamond pipeline: an impoverished miner in Sierra Leone, a child cutter and prominent businessman in India, a celebrity jeweller and a high-end dealer in New York. Their stories are interwoven with that of an industry leader who is fighting for transparency and fair trade for diamonds. Each is on a journey to realize a dream that centres on a stone which is itself a dream, a manufactured symbol of love, purity and the sublime. What results is a multi-layered portrait of a fascinating world which is steeped in a history of intrigue, conflict, love and hope.

 

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