A Sorious Samura investigation into the certification process of today's diamond trade. This 52 minute documentary is published on Warner Brother's DVD of 'Blood Diamond' with Leonardo DiCaprio staring as a ruthless diamond dealer during Sierra Leone's civil war in the 90s.
Our documentary 'Blood on the Stone' was designed to capture a health check of the diamond industry at the end of 2006. According to DeBeers conflict diamonds don't exist anymore and global diamond trade is now 99% clean. We discovered a rather different reality.
I wasn't particularly surprised to discover some illegal activities in Sierra Leone and the Congo DRC. However, I was seriously disgusted by the blatant greed of diamond dealers in New York. They didn't care at all about the origins of diamonds and didn't give a toss about the requirements of certificates. Their only interest was money. Ripping off a black man like Sorious seemed to be a perfect business opportunity. Such corrupt and criminal behaviour clearly remains a driving force in the diamond industry. It feels rather schizophrenic to sell diamonds as a symbol of love.