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Blood Diamond

September 27, 2015

BDAction thriller with a serious message about ‘conflict diamonds’ and western complicity in third-world violence.

Themes: exploitation of the poor, seeking justice, making choices, justice.
Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces.[1] The film portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels’ amputation of people’s hands to stop them from voting in upcoming elections.

Danny Archer: In America, it’s bling bling. But out here it’s bling bang.

Danny Archer: I like to get kissed before I get fucked.

Prostitute: I’m safe, huh. No HIV.
Danny Archer: Ja, ja. I’ve heard that one before.


Maddy Bowen: You lost both your parents.
Danny Archer: That’s a polite way of putting it, ja. Mum was raped and shot and uh… Dad was decapitated and hung from a hook in the barn. I was nine… boo-hoo right?

Danny Archer: That diamond is my ticket out of this God forsaken continent.


Danny Archer: Sometimes I wonder… will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other? Then I look around and I realize… God left this place a long time ago.



Troop Leader: Here we say that the freedom is in your hands, so if you go against us, so go your hands.

[last lines] Ambassador Walker: The Third World is not a world apart… and the witness you will hear today speaks on its behalf. Let us hear the voice of that world. Let us learn from that voice… and let us ignore it no more. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Solomon Vandy.




[to Maddy Bowen] Danny Archer: You come here with your laptop computers, your malaria medicine and you little bottles of hand sanitizer and think you can change the outcome, huh?

Soldier: [Before chopping off the hand of a man] Short sleeve or long sleeve?


Danny Archer: So you think because your intentions are good, they’ll spare you, huh?
Benjamin Kapanay: My heart always told me that people are inherently good. My experience suggests otherwise. But what about you, Mr. Archer? In your long career as a journalist, would you say that people are mostly good?
Danny Archer: No. I’d say they’re just people.
Benjamin Kapanay: Exactly. It is what they do that makes them good or bad. A moment of love, even in a bad man, can give meaning to a life. None of us knows whose path will lead us to God.

[first title card] Title card: Sierra Leone, 1999
Title card: Civil war rages for control of the diamond fields.
Title card: Thousands have died and millions have become refugees.
Title card: None of whom has ever seen a diamond.

[last title card] Title card: In January 2003, forty nations signed “The Kimberley Process” – an effort to stem the flow of conflict diamonds.
Title card: But illegal diamonds are still finding their way to market. It is up to the consumer to insist that a diamond is conflict-free.
Title card: Sierra Leone is at peace.
Title card: There are still 200,000 child soldiers in Africa.

Danny Archer: Out here, people kill each other as a way of life. It’s always been like that.

Captain Poison: You think I’m a demon, but that’s only because I have lived in Hell.

[as they were encountering some child soldiers while driving] Danny Archer: Drive right at them, they’ll panic.
Benjamin Kapanay: No, do you know where the word “infantry” comes from, it means: Child Soldier. They’re just children.



Captain Poison: Young man, young man, listen to me. The gov’mint wants you to vote. They say “the future is in your hands.” We now the future. So we take your hands! No more hands, no more voting!

Maddy Bowen: The entire country’s at war. Why should I help this one person?
[pause] I can’t believe I just said that.

Danny Archer: So, don’t tell me you’re here to make a difference, huh?
Maddy Bowen: And you’re here to make a buck?
Danny Archer: I’m here for lack of a better idea.
Maddy Bowen: That’s a shame.

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