The action drama directed by filmmaker Ed Zwick lands viewers smack dab in the middle of the Sierra Leone Civil War, which ravaged the region from 1991 to 2002. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Danny Archer, a mercenary smuggler searching for a priceless diamond amid the chaos of the war-torn region.
At the time, rebel factions, such as the Revolutionary United Front, frequently terrorized and enslaved people to harvest diamonds and fund their war efforts. This is how the term “blood diamond” came into existence, as diamonds were frequently mined in war zones and sold to finance conflicts, thereby profiting warlords and diamond companies across the world.
In “Blood Diamond,” Archer is forced to confront the brutal human cost of the diamond trade, redirects his search for financial reward to a quest for redemption.
The film’s ending portrays a key conference held in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000 concerning the topic of blood diamonds. The historical event paved the way towards the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which aimed to trace back the very source of rough diamonds in an effort to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds.