In the 1990s, the small West African countries of Angola and Sierra Leone disintegrated into bloodbaths of torture, murder and civil war. The carnage was fueled by the illicit trade of gems that adorn the fingers of millions of people around the world. The vast sums of money and weapons exchanged in return for diamonds have helped fund some of the bloodiest civil wars in Africa, and led to human rights atrocities committed against civilians. For this reason, the stones have become known as "blood diamonds," or "conflict diamonds".
This hard-hitting DVD looks at the story behind the glamorous image of diamonds. Follow one of the few production teams to have ventured to the dangerous locales where this dramatic story is still unfolding.
Release Date: 11 July 2011
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 90 minutes
Production Year: 2011
Main Language: English