Set against the backdrop of the chaos
and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, “Blood
Diamond” is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio),
an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon
Hounsou), a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their
histories and their circumstances are as different as any
can be until their fates become joined in a common quest to
recover a rare pink diamond, the kind of stone that can
transform a life…or end it.
Solomon, who has been taken from his family and forced to
work in the diamond fields, finds the extraordinary gem and
hides it at great risk, knowing if he is discovered, he will
be killed instantly. But he also knows the diamond could not
only provide the means to save his wife and daughters from a
life as refugees but also help rescue his son, Dia, from an
even worse fate as a child soldier.
Archer, who has made his living trading diamonds for arms,
learns of Solomon’s hidden stone while in prison for
smuggling. He knows a diamond like this is a
once-in-a-lifetime find—valuable enough to be his ticket out
of Africa and away from the cycle of violence and corruption
in which he has been a willing player.
Enter Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an idealistic
American journalist who is in Sierra Leone to uncover the
truth behind conflict diamonds, exposing the complicity of
diamond industry leaders who have chosen profits over
principles. Maddy seeks out Archer as a source for her
article, but soon finds it is he who needs her even more.
With Maddy’s help, Archer and Solomon embark on a dangerous
trek through rebel territory. Archer needs Solomon to find
and recover the valuable pink diamond, but Solomon seeks
something far more precious…his son.
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