Segments in this Video

Civil War Disrupts Life (01:29)


Videos depict the film's director, Raouf Jacob playing at the beach as a child; Sierra Leone's war would soon wreck the narrator's happy childhood.

Sierra Leone Civil War (04:27)

RUF rebels launched civil war in Sierra Leone. They controlled blood diamonds, while the government gave diamond mine concessions to South African mercenaries.

Revisiting Sierra Leone (03:21)

Raouf Jacob returns to Sierra Leone to tell the story of his home country and its recovery from civil war. He and his film crew investigate blood diamonds.

Kenema City, Sierra Leone (02:19)

People and vehicles share unpaved streets. Raouf Jacob visits his childhood home.

Koidu Holdings (02:01)

Diamond buying offices are abundant in Sierra Leone. Jacob and his team visits Tongo to begin their investigation of Koidu Holdings' connection to blood diamonds.

Koidu Mines Guided Tour (02:08)

The filmmakers are closely monitored as they wait to tour the Koidu Mining concession. South Africans won mining concessions in return for helping Sierra Leone's government in its civil war.

Denied Access to Mines (02:13)

A Koidu Holdings official asks filmmakers why they want to film their mines. He decides not to allow them in.

Local Mines (02:08)

Poor independent local diamond miners in Sierra Leone say Koidu Holdings wants to kick them off the land. The question remains whether Sierra Leone's diamonds are still blood diamonds.

Mining Concessions (01:08)

An activist in Sierra Leone objects to the concessions the government grants to foreign mining companies.

Poverty and Resource Wealth (02:15)

Sierra Leone is poor despite resource wealth. Smuggling occurs regardless of the Kimberly Process. Independent local miners talk about harassment by Hoidu Holdings.

Controversial Diamonds (01:31)

In 2003, the UN lifted a ban on Sierra Leone's diamond exports. Despite the Kimberly Process, many say Koidu Holdings' mines export blood diamonds and criticize its resettlement program.

Alleged Mining Company Abuses (03:01)

Koidu Holdings has been accused of forcibly relocating people to camps and destroying schools within their blasting radius.

Former Child Soldier (04:38)

Kabba Williams was captured at the age of six. He talks about atrocities he committed; he is now a teacher.

Child Soldiers Disarmed (01:06)

In 1994, UNICEF disarmed child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Reintegration was inadequate. A man tries to track down fellow former child soldiers.

"Tess Of The D'Urbervilles": The Same Woman (01:27)

After over a year has passed, Tess writes to Clare, despite promising she would not. She begs for him to come to her before terror finds her. Clare is deathly ill.

Psychology and Reintegration of Child Soldiers (03:17)

A psychologist states that child soldiers acted on orders and did not question them; they saw war as an exciting game. Many of Sierra Leone's former child soldiers live on Lungi Island. They receive little help and face prejudice.

Credits: Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Episode 3 (00:32)

Credits: Tess Of The D'Urbervilles: Episode 3

London Mining in Africa (00:59)

London Mining opens a new iron ore concession in Sierra Leone. Locals march to protest alleged employment discrimination against African workers.

Mining Concessions and Contracts Presidents (03:53)

President Ernst Bai Koroma talks about public dissatisfaction with the government's agreements with mining companies and defends his record on mining contracts. An activist says Sierra Leone misuses mineral wealth.

Summary: Sierra Leone: A Culture of Silence (02:13)

Raouf Jacob reviews his investigation into Sierra Leone's diamond mines and the plight of former child soldiers. Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest companies despite mineral wealth.

Credits: Sierra Leone: A Culture of Silence (01:47)

Credits: Sierra Leone: A Culture of Silence

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Thirteen years after a vicious civil war forced him to flee his childhood home of Sierra Leone, director Raouf J. Jacob returns to find meaning in a place once forsaken by the rest of the world. Travelling across the country, he explores the sensitive environmental, social, and cultural issues that, even today, remain taboo. He searches for the lost boys, former child soldiers living in the shadows, to see how sucessful attempts to reintegrate them in soceity have been. He investigates Sierra Leone’s controversial diamond mining industry and the role and actions of foreign companies in the country. He asks what he believes is the most important question in African politics: is there is still blood on the stone?

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL93328

ISBN: 978-1-60057-884-7

Copyright date: ©2014

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