Monday, September 24, 2007

Blood Diamond

Finally finished watching Blood Diamond yesterday. A superb movie! Wonderful acting and great originality.

I don’t know if this had any impact on all the movie goers but I am sure only the hard hearted can get out of the theatres without any difference.

Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea on the north and Liberia on the south, with the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The name Sierra Leone was adapted from the Portuguese name for the country: Serra Leoa, literally "Lion Mountain Range". During the 18th century Sierra Leone was an important center of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

The movie portrays the Diamond smuggling amid the civil war during the period 1991 to 2002.

In one scene when Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou enters a village strewn with dead bodies they meet a guy who still seems concerned. He asks them if they are lost and then rambles on. He wonders if diamonds could do this to a country, what if oil is ever discovered!

It also brings one point through Solomon. He says he can understand the outsiders doing thus to the country but not their own people. And another fact, if one has no unity within one’s own country then it is sure to be trampled upon by greedy blood suckers.

I guess Africa still has child soldiers which happens to be the worst part. Even a matured person cannot live a normal life after a war so imagine a child! So does Sri Lanka among the Tamil Tigers. This is the worst crime against humanity.

Now there is peace in Sierra Leone.... let us pray that it continues...


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  2. Yes Yes..Even I watched that movie in Inox. Was worried for I saw it on the First Day... But I never thought that It would have an impact on me... Soloman Vandy & Danny were well etched characters... Have you also seen DiCaprio's The Departed? If not please Watch it...

  3. I agree that in Srilanka the LTTE's have recruited children.. but their struggle is deifferent. Its not a civil war thats happening there. They are warring to eat,to sleep, to love and to live....

  4. Well.. whatever u say regarding the Tamil Tigers, I think their leaders have no right to make the kids kill others.

    Let the adults fight the war since it their job but dont let them drag the innocent children into it. It shows the same cowardism that we seen in Sierre Leone.

    Now I hope I dont get bombed for this...

  5. You are right. The children either voluteer. Or they are children's of victims killed in the war or their parents would be Tigers already. NO choice for them to make.

  6. Of course they have no choice since the decision is taken by the others and as for voluneers I m sure that must be in minority. But what irks me is that none of these fellows who send suicide bombers are willing it to do so themselves.. they are far from the conflict areas enjoying a different way of life.

  7. I enjoyed the movie too - the narrative & acting was brilliant - but let me ask you a question - will you remember SL when you are in a shop just about to buy the diamond (or if somebody is gifting you one)??
    HB - Departed, though i loved it, was great but it was a bit morose & too taut !!
    regarding LTTE & sucide bombers (the one who killed Rajiv)- I suggest you see the Tamil movie 'Terrorist' done by Santosh Sivan!!

  8. Maddy.. i guess we will never stop to think from where the diamonds were procured... nd I am sure the majority is not even aware of these facts.

    As for the Tamil Tigers, they may be fighting for a cause, but what I detest are the suicide bombers and the child soldiers.


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