Saturday, January 20, 2007

Blood Diamond, by Leonardo Dicaprio

I watch this film just now, and I think this is another best film I even watched. The story set back to 1990 during a civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Revolutionary United Front (RUF) captured a fisherman, Solomon Vandy( Djimon Hounsou ), to work in the diamond fields and the diamond from the mines are use by the RUF to buy arms and finance their efforts. Solomon found a 2 inches giant pink diamond in the field and hide it. The story goes on when a diamond smuggler, Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio ) found out about the diamond and agreed to save Solomon's family to exchange for the giant diamond, with the help of a New York Journalist, Maddy Bowen ( Jennifer Connelly ).


Why this movie name Blood Diamond?
Blood diamond, or conflict diamond, is the diamond from a war zone that use to finance the military, and to get it, many lives had been sacrificed. In the movie, RUF will just sweep the whole village, killing spree, and the weak survivors' will be chopped down their hands, so they can't vote; while the stronger one will be sent to diamond fields to dig diamonds.

Child Soldiers in civil war.
War, is never be an excuse, although many leaders said: I fight for freedom!! (bullshit) Until now, there are still 200,000 children soldiers in Africa alone, as they are more easily to influence. They were trained into emotion-less killing machine. this is the fact I learn from this movie.


Don't buy Conflict Diamond, please!

"Diamonds are forever" it is often said. But lives are not.
We must spare people the ordeal of war, mutilations and death for the sake of conflict diamonds."

Martin Chungong Ayafor, Chairman of the Sierra Leone Panel of Experts

When you buy diamond, no matter for your lovely Wife-to-be or anyone, please, think for the lives that sacrificed, DON'T BUY conflict diamond!! The effective way to differentiate between legitimate diamond and blood diamond is, a legitimate diamonds WILL come with a well structured certificate that show the country of origin, to ensure the diamond is from government-controlled areas.

Some scenes that deeply touch my heart.
When Solomon brought the blood diamond from Africa to London to trade with the De Beers Group, I found that in the same planet, but the people and environment are so different. Another scenes is when Solomon looking at the giant jewelry in a shop at London.

This is really a great movie, please watch it, to know a little about what really happen in the dark side of this so-called peace world.

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