Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Blood Diamond Essay
The makers of Ã¢â¬Å"Blood Diamond,Ã¢â¬ an exceptionally thriller starring a most excellent Leonardo DiCaprio, want you to know there may be blood on your hands, specifically your wedding finger. The story involves so-called conflict diamonds, illicitly mined stones that have been used to finance some of the most vicious wars in Africa. If films were judged solely by their good intentions, this one would be best in show. Instead, gilded in money and dripping with sanctimony, confused and mindlessly contradictory, the film is a textbook example of how easily commercialism can trump do-goodism, particularly in Hollywood. The 2006 movie (Blood Diamond) was recently seen by me, this is an American political war thriller film produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world. During Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996Ã¢â¬â2001, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebels. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebelsÃ¢â¬â¢ amputation of peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections. The filmÃ¢â¬â¢s ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, is in reference to an actual meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000 and led to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which seeks to certify the origin of rough diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds. In the face of the evidence, it is impossible to list any benefits for blood diamonds. They have been condemned by the United Nations. The sheer scale of the civil war in Sierra Leone they helped to fund, in which an estimated 120,000 people were killed from 1991 to 2001, proves that these illegitimate diamonds do nothing but cause human suffering. In February 2011, Charles TaylorÃ¢â¬â¢s trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone heard that he received Ã¢â¬Å"mayonnaise jarsÃ¢â¬ full of blood diamonds from the Revolutionary United Front, providing them with the arms they needed in return. The U. S. appens to be the largest consumer of conflict diamonds, purchasing over $33. 7 billion dollarsÃ¢â¬â¢ worth of the rocks in 2005. Wondering what conflict diamonds are? IÃ¢â¬â¢m no fawning fan of DiCaprio, but the film Ã¢â¬Å"Blood DiamondÃ¢â¬ is nowhere near as fictional as weÃ¢â¬â¢d like it to be. Conflict diamonds involve abuse, corruption and death. There goes that gorgeous, shimmery, sparkling stone set in platinum IÃ¢â¬â¢ve been dreaming about. This movie and together with some other researches I did has made me to come into a conclusion and a question if I would ever wear a diamond. Here are important reasons, WeÃ¢â¬â¢ve been conditioned to want a diamond. Who isnÃ¢â¬â¢t tired of the advertising and marketing ploys used to brainwash us into believing our value as women rests on the size of ourÃ¢â¬ ¦gem? (Toss that in with measurements and marital status and weÃ¢â¬â¢ve got an endless supply of not-good-enough. ) Marketers have thrown us a giant, glittering bone, and watched the profits pile up as weÃ¢â¬â¢ve chased, fetched and rolled over in order to conform to what weÃ¢â¬â¢ve been conditioned to believe is the only acceptable standard. Diamond prices have been artificially inflated by the diamond cartel. The average diamond sold in the U. S. has been over-graded in quality by 2 grades, and the average U. S. couple pays twice what they should for an engagement ring. Do i really want to enter into a lifelong commitment with a man whoÃ¢â¬â¢s willing to waste his hard-earned cash on a diamond, especially when said diamond is ridiculously overpriced? Diamond mines damage the environment. This is important, even though itÃ¢â¬â¢s true of all types of mining, not just diamond mining. Mines are dangerous for workers (including children) and threaten our planet, too. I wish there were a way to dig that deep without so much damage. A diamond is not forever. Nothing is forever. Engagements, marriages, jobs, you name it. If they happen to last a long time, then you are indeed a very lucky person. Why do we kid ourselves into believing that a sparkling rock, delivered to us on the backs of the abused, purchased for more than itÃ¢â¬â¢s worth, marketed for more than it means and obtained at the expense of our own dear planet will keep love alive?.