Blood Diamond (2006)

Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are “diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council”. (United Nations definition of Conflict Diamonds).  (For more information about blood dimaonds, click here.)

How does a teacher help young business students understand the relationship between the diamond business, globalization, war, and the despair amidst wealth that the African people face today. Blood Dimaond (2006) is a Hollywood adventure-drama film that takes us through the complete supply chain of the diamond trade. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly make topics like blood diamonds, which most of our young students do not know much about, much more interesting to discuss and learn about in ways that most teachers (like myself) can not. (The official site of the movie can be accessed by clicking here).

bd.jpg The movie is set in the Sierra Leone civil war of the late 1990s. The story revolves around Danny Archer- an ex mercenary from Rhodesia with a tortured past- and Solomon Vandy- a fisherman who like most parents around the world dreams of a good future for his son. Though both men are Africans, one is white and the other black, which is enough to take their lives in different directions. Solomon is kidnapped by rebel forces and taken to work in diamond mines where he chances upon a rare and big diamond. The rebel commader sees him trying to hide the diamond. However, before Solomon is forced to give up the diamond government forces attack the rebel and Solomon is arrested. In prison, Solomon’s path crosses Archer who has been caught smuggling diamonds from the country. Archer proposes to help Solomon find his lost wife and children in exchange for the diamond. The two men are assisted by Maddy Bowen, an idealistic American journalist who finds herself attracted to the daring Archer. At each step of the way, Danny, Solomon, and Maddy find themselves having to fight the corrupt and greedy bureaucracy, rebel forces, and business interests who profit immensely from the illegal trade in African diamonds. The rest of the movie is about the search for the diamond in rebel territory, with Solomon driven by the motivation to be united with his family and Archer by the chance to get out of Africa.

The movie was well received by critics, media, and viewers. It is a great story with compelling characters. I hope it also makes people think about the human side of the global diamond trade, especially the lives lost in getting that wedding ring to the store.     

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179 responses to “Blood Diamond (2006)

  1. Yeah, another great movie with alot of revelation of the nature of the dark business world behind the global & African diamond market. I have seen this movie before, and thought it was exceptional–mostly because I am biased towards any movie with both DiCaprio and Connelly in it. It was interesting to watch it again with new knowledge, most of which I gained from my World is Flat readings and classroom discussions, about supply chaining, globalization, bureaucracy, black markets, illegal trading, and the influence and power of money and greed. The movie was a behind the scenes snapshot of the intracies of illegal trading in the diamond market, with emphasis on blood diamonds. Like the Enron movie, this production really opened my eyes to something I had no clue about. I had never even heard of blood diamonds before. It is a shame to think about how many lives and families are destroyed over something like this, and to think too, how long this has been going on with no remedy or solution yet.

  2. Amanda Fochek

    I felt this was a very interesting movie to watch. It was very vivid and showed a lot of what actually goes on in other parts of the world. Everyone always hears about guerilla warfare type of fighting happening in underdeveloped countries but it is hard to put an image to what you hear. This movie did a good job of that. It also does a good point of showing from a business perspective how far some companies will go to get rich. The company that Danny (the main character) smuggled the diamonds for was a billion dollar company that was getting rich, basically illegally, off of Africa. Now this is not based on a true story but I’m sure there are instances like this that have happened. The new big concept in today’s business world is outsourcing. In a way this could appear as outsourcing since the business was having their labor done in Africa. However there is a difference between outsourcing and illegal smuggling and I think with the rise in companies that have to outsource to compete in today’s business world this could become, if it is not already, a huge issue.

  3. Jillian Bierce

    I have seen this movie before and I enjoyed watching it again. The movie gave a good view on how third world countries have to survive and the struggles they go through. People are smuggling the diamonds to other countries and risking their lives at the same time. The diamonds are so scarce and other countries want them so they are paying lots and lots of money for them. A lot of illegal trading took place and in the movie DiCaprio said if people find out about this he can get shot, which is very risky for being illegal.

  4. A good moment in the movie is when DiCaprio first meets Connelly. DiCaprio says he is just providing a service and that once girls’ fascination with diamonds runs out the service does. Although Connelly wasn’t one of those people, there are plenty in the U.S. If the diamond is cheap nobody cares or wants to hear where it comes from. If they hear about the bloody conflict to get the diamond, maybe they think twice when buying diamonds.

    Another part that I really liked is when Soloman is in London and he looks in a store window at a diamond necklace. Something that is tearing his country apart, sitting right in front of him. Something that would be bought without a second thought of how it came to be.

  5. I really enjoyed this movie. I like movies that are based on true stories. I really like that it gives us an insight into a third world country. I thing that the acting in the movie was excellent. It was very good for us to watch because it got us thinking about supply and demand. When there is high demand it drives up the prices and can cause turmoil. Watching this movie was not easy, it was very vivid and gory.

  6. Umutai_Mamarasulova

    I enjoyed watching Blood Diamond. It told a great story of human perceiving diamonds, some pretty stone overall all, as something greater than humans’ lives. The movie emphasized how strongly marketing can influence people’s views, believes and values. I now realized how much we, people are brainwashed by those glittery and expensive commercials; how much we can be controlled and manipulated. This is a very powerful movie to watch, which stresses current issues. I will strongly recommend this movie to my female friends, because informative and interesting, it makes me look at diamonds very differently now.

  7. I thought this movie was very interesting. There was alot of relevant business information throughout the film. I dont know how companies such as the one that was ultimately selling the diamonds to the final customer, live with themselves. They knew exactly where the diamonds were coming from and how they were acquired. I thought that was crazy. They also held the diamonds in inventory to stimulate demand, which wasnt cool.

  8. This is a great movie. I have also seen it before but never watched it with in a business perspective. It is another example of how greed can lead to poor morals and unethical principals. I never realized the extent of the diamond related situations in Africa. This movie is an example of not only unethical business actions but how money can also destroy a nation. It is sad to know this happened during our lifetime and that it is still happening today.

  9. Steve Kluthe

    I thought this was a great movie, this is my second time watching it. And i see more and more about business as i watch it. It really gave me some insight as to what happens in the third world countries and it doesn’t matter what it takes to make money people are going to do it. It makes me wonder about the diamond industry and how dirty it really may be. I also think its interesting that the companies that buy the diamands keep them off the market so that the price will always remain high. Thats a perfect example of supply and demand. Its really sad to see that people are being killed in this movie over diamonds its also interesting that kids were kidnapped and brainwashed to fight for the bad side all in for the cause of business.

  10. Nicole Dwornicki

    I thought that this was an entertaining movie. I did not know that people in Sierra Leon were living in such horrible conditions. I can’t even imagine being afraid for your life every day. I had heard comments about the diamond mines but did not fully understand how horrible the conditions really were. I still can’t believe that people are so motivated by greed that they are willing to do anything. I think that thing that shocked me the most is that when the retailers purchase large diamonds they keep them locked in a safe in order to control the supply of diamonds. I thought it was also difficult to watch the brutality that took place in the movie, and the total disrespect for life. It was hard to see the rebel forces tear through towns killing people, cutting off their limbs, and taking slaves. I may be naive but I truly hope that there are diamonds out there that are not “blood diamonds”, because I know that I really want a diamond someday.

  11. Tineisha Whitehead

    This movie was very sad to see. I will never understand why children had to be put in the line of duty like the way they were displayed in the movie. No child should ever have to be forced to kill or starve to prove themselves or just to survive. Solomon was a great father who did everyting in his power to try to protect his son and take him back home. I’m glad that the US government decided to take a stand and try to help Sierra Leone in its time of crisis. Although it was a pure act of kindness, the US knew that on an international level something had to be done in order to keep peace within the country. If they didn’t, the US would have a terrible time reaching those precious diamonds that Americans love to spend a great deal of money on.

  12. Wow, this is a great movie. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent. It amazes me to think that all of that goes on for diamonds. It is a shame to think that people lose their lives and live like that for something we do not even need at all. This movie makes me wonder about how many diamonds on the market are really conflict diamonds. I can’t imagine living with myself if I were Leo’s character. Steve-O brings up a great point about supply and demand, after all that happened for that diamond and all the people who died it was just locked up in a price fixing effort!

  13. Morgan Walker

    This was a great movie that demonstrated how much one person’s decision can affect so many things. For example, Arthur’s decision to sell weapons to the rebels for diamonds made it possible for the Rebels to take over villages and resulted in the murdering of several people. Van De Kamp’s decision to continue to purchase rough diamonds made the war continue because there was a constant ability to sell the diamonds that the country was at war because of. I can only hope that this movie was an exageration of what it was really like. I can’t believe that children have been taught to murder and Rebels had the ability to nearly take over the government. This was a great movie and I would certainly suggest it to anybody to watch.

  14. Craig Thommes

    Blood Diamond is an interesting movie that shows how people can let their greed get the best of them. It shows hows much trouble someone will go through to make some money. You would like to believe that this doesn’t go on, and that you would never do business with a company that gets their product in a way that you feel is unethical but if that was true the demand wouldn’t be so high.

  15. Eli Martinez

    This was a great movie that demonstrated how something as simple as a diamond has so much more behind it. One of the scenes that that really stood out to me was already mentioned above…it was when Solomon looked at a diamond necklace in a store window. It just puts a different perspective on supply and demand. People have the desire and fascination with diamonds but little do they know how much that impacts the lives of other people. The company in London, Van De Kaap, was driven by greed and continued to purchase these conflict diamonds. It didn’t seem to matter to the company what it took in order to get them, they just wanted the diamonds. I thought this was a very good movie and shows how one decision can greatly affect the lives of many people.

  16. Lindsay Cordle

    This action-packed movie shows how something that we regard as being so precious and beautiful comes from a situation that is not so. It is sad that people are losing their lives over diamonds and money; however, in an underprivileged area, commodities can become the difference between life and death. We are fortunate in this part of the world to have easy access to a job market and to daily essentials. It was difficult to watch the child soldiers in action and the lives being lost. This is a good movie for businesspeople because it tells a real story of an underground and illegal marketplace. I will never think of diamonds in the same way after watching how the conflict diamonds get to the market.

  17. Daniel Miller

    I really liked the movie Blood Diamond. It was easy to watch, yet it still had an underlying meaning. It goes to show just how manipulative some people can be for money. When they showed that vault at the end that had all of those diamonds in it that were being kept out of the market to keep the price of diamonds high it was a perfect example of how greed works. There were thousands of people losing their lives because of these diamonds and yet they never get to the market place because if the public knew how many were available the price would drop (simple supply and demand). The movie also gave a glimpse into the black market that is out there. In a legit business deal theses individuals would have had a hard time hiding all of these diamonds, but since they are buying them off of the black market they can be concealed much easier.

  18. careerfashion

    I saw the movie a while ago and was very surprised; this was all news to me. After seeing it, I decided to not support this by buying diamonds as a consumer, and started telling others about it. I also went in to one of the most prominent high-end jewelry stores in San Francisco and talked to the vice president about the movie. She was not happy to hear about it, but everytime you speak out about something you do impinge at least somewhat.

  19. lizzie tanners

    it was an interesting movie. i myself have never heard of such until i saw the film and it brought some awareness to me.

    the contrast between what people would do for material things, and what people won’t do for more special reasons.

  20. Amber Sutton

    I have seen Blood Diamond before, but it was really interesting to look at it in a business perspective. The fact that the diamonds were so scarce and individuals were losing their lives for this precious stone is unbelievable. But it all goes back to supply and demand. If the supply was high, prices would decrease therefore, the “diamond” status would lose it’s value. We need to be thankful that we don’t fear for our lives the way the African villagers did. It was upsetting to see the many young boys that were sent and trained to kill. It’s unfortuante this movie was based on a true story, but it does illustrate what is really important in life. In my opinion after watching this movie, the beauty of a diamond is not so beautiful anymore.

  21. Blood Diamond was easily the best movie of the semester. It was a real eye opener to me because I have heard about “blood diamonds” before but you really do not know about it until you see what it really entails. I have heard about the conflicts in some African nations but never really realized what it meant when these militias would go into these villages and would kill, rape, and beat anyone that came in their way. It is really sad to see humans treat other human beings that way. It makes me really reflect on how good I have it living in a stable place that is relativly free from any danger. Sometimes I take it for granted.

  22. I thought Blood Diamond was a great movie. It did a great job showing some of the unethical and inhumane actions that go along with the diamond mining industry. Most diamond mining is not done this way anymore, but there are still places that it happens. The diamonds are mined and sold to help fund these third world countries. I think the movie makes some people look at the big diamonds on their necks or ears and wonder…just how did this diamond get to me.

  23. Blake DeNoyer

    Outside of DiCaprio being a horrible actor, this is a good movie. It really makes you think about all the diamonds around the world that are supposed to represent love, and how they may also represent slavery and the violation of the simplest human rights. It’s also hard to watch those soldiers drive through villages and kill men. women, and children for no reason.

  24. Alex Williams

    When i noticed this movie on your syllabus I was extremely happy! This is one of my favorite movies so I was discourged to watch it for the fifth time. It was very interesting to figure out how the global diamond business is ran. At first Danny was a selfish trafficer who was cocky and didnt care but making money and finding that enourmous diamond. Eventually he figured out that it was ruining peoples lives and countries. It is amazing that on one hand a company is making millions and on the other hand people are paying for it and getting killed.

  25. Bobbie Adams

    I think Blood Diamond was the best out of the movies we had to watch. I always wanted to see it and this was the perfect opportunity. It was crazy to see all the fighting and smuggling for the diamonds. I am glad I watched this because it opened my eyes to the corrupt business practices. But it is our fault too, because Americans do want the biggest and best “bling bling.” I just never knew Africa was facing that horrible of living conditions.

  26. Rajeev Arora

    I really enjoyed the movie Blood Diamond. The movie is about the smuggling of the diamonds internationally. Diamonds were smuggled out of countries of war and used to purchase weapons. Danny (Leonardo DiCaprio) smuggles diamonds out of Sierra Leone, where diamonds help provides funds to the horrible civil war that keeps its citizens poor and terrorized.it is really sad to watch the living condition of African people. There is a great deal of emotion and violence seen in movie that relates to the unkindness of how Africa is treated by foreigners to trying to retrieve precious diamonds for profit. After watching the movie one can easily understand the value of these precious stones. The human cost of the illegal global diamond trade is examined in the movie.

  27. I have to say this was the best movie out of the list. It showed the diamond business at a very different perspective. Almost everyone associate diamonds with love, precious and rare, but the movie says otherwise. Seeing where and how the diamonds are found, it kind of put you in a not-so-happy mood. There’s was no love. Those people are being treated like animals; forced to discover something so precious for the benefit of others. This movie illustrates many business concepts; it stresses how business activties affect the overall economy. I would suggest this movie to other business majors and all my female friends who love diamonds. It definitely puts a different perspective on people.

  28. Dan Sundermeier

    I really enjoyed the movie Blood Diamond. Leonardo DiCaprio delivered yet another great performance. The movie really brought to light some of the truth about the diamond cartel. It is a legal cartel that the US and the rest of the world deal with daily. They control the flow of diamonds to control the price. With the technology we have today, we are able to make artificial diamonds that are flawless. There is no bloodshed, no war, and no tears over these diamonds. We are responsible for asking ourselves why we put such a high interest in diamonds in the first place. Their rarity is artificial. There are lots of diamonds in the world that will just sit in a vault making sure you pay a lot for the one you buy. Personally, after watching this movie, I would make sure to buy a conflict free diamond if I ever had to buy one.

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  30. Shailendu Shroff

    The movie is set in the backdrop of a civil strife in Sierra Leonne, which has numerous diamond fields and is considered as a haven for the diamond industry. Many people are forced to work in these fields under inhuman conditions and the benefits are reaped and enjoyed by a small niche of elite powerful men. The movies show the inhuman work conditions forced upon the citizens and the conversion of children from innocent to hard-killing mercenaries. Solomon, who is such a victim, is shown stealing and hiding a rare and precious diamond. Danny is seen working indirectly as a diamond smuggler for Van De Kaap and happens to meet Solomon in prison. Amidst fighting and gunfire between various factions, Archer and Danny are able to obtain the hidden diamond. However, with the advent of things, we see Archer’s humanitarian side (instead of keeping the diamond for himself, he gives it to Solomon and ensures for his safe trip back), before he dies. Bowen (a humanitarian activist) happens to shoot when Solomon has to trade in the diamond to Simmons who represents Van De Kaap. Solomon is seen as speaking at a press conference where he describes the stories about brutality that goes behind diamond trafficking from Africa and how these diamonds fill the coffers of the executives of companies like Van De Kaap who can go to any inhuman extent to obtain these diamonds.

    The movie brings out the fine point that what seems to be ethical in western countries is absent in third world countries, which are being oppressed in the name of globalization. Purely because the economy and governments of developing nations are weak, does not mean that the western world has a right to use their power and influence to achieve their objectives in a bloodguilt manner. The movie also highlights that there needs to be more strict laws and humanitarian organizations that can actively advocate and ensure safe and humane work practices in such countries. It is time that organizations like UNESCO and others took a tough stance on diamond smuggling and trafficking issues and discussed these with the concerned governments on a high level of diplomatic talks that would doubly ensure that such practices are not followed for personal gain either by individuals representing some company or the government representatives who might be benefiting by receiving favors from companies like Van De Kaap.

    It is a well known fact that Africa is the largest source of the world’s diamonds and hence there must be an international focus on the practices adopted to fetch these diamonds from there. This can include imposing heavy taxes and tariffs for importing diamonds from Africa and also passing on the benefits of the diamond sale to the people who work in the diamond mines.

  31. james o'neill

    Blog 11 – Blood Diamond (Globalization and International Ethical Issues)

    When I first watched Blood Diamond I watched it strictly as an action film, but in viewing it through a lens focused on issues of globalization and international ethics the movie became much more full and tinctured in my second viewing. In our modern age of globalization countries interact with one another more frequently and with this interaction comes inevitable conflict. As the intermediary Danny Archer represents the extortionist practices of more affluent countries on poorer nations (represented by Solomon Vandy) to exploit their land, natural resources, governments, and most ferociously, their people. Blood diamonds are traded essentially using slave labor in poor African regions that are used to finance wars by obtaining strategic alliances, equipment, and most predominantly weaponry. The ethical issues that come into play are horrifying when this situation is assessed. Rich warlords exploit slave labor in unsafe work practices, pay horrendous wages, rule with intimidation and violence, and have little opposition which leads to no consequences for brutal killing and leaves absolutely no checks and balances on their actions. Additionally, the masses are too poor and without resources and ability to flee the situation, so although the diamond trade that facilitates the lavish lifestyle of these warlords is effectively decimating its population, the influential more powerful countries that should jump in and act to both mediate the situation and establish some type of legal precedent do not because they in turn are also profiting from the cheap labor.
    These ethical issues in the diamond trade can be directly correlated to the corporate world in relation to underlying problems of particular industries. For example, when the illegal and unethical blood diamond trade was brought to light, it was ignored by the most potentially influential global players because of economic interest. What resulted was that the situation snowballed over the duration that it has occurred over and when the issue finally came to a head to be addressed it had gotten so out of control that the solutions could not be implemented with the type of success and speed that they would have been able to execute were the situation addressed in a timely fashion. This pattern of neglect has occurred repeatedly in different segments of global business and occurs from war ravaged nations like Sierra Leone and their diamond trade to powerful nations like the United States with the Enron scandal or the current mortgage and loan crisis. Unethical decisions made by people in power have wide reaching impacts on less powerful individuals, and the sad part is that oftentimes like the children in the diamond mines who are worked to the bone and disfigured by slave drivers, the innocent are the most negatively effected group from these unethical decisions.

  32. The film “Blood Diamond” displays the issues of globalization and international ethical issues by showing the issues that surround the diamond industry in Africa. In the film the audience is presented with the struggle that is apparent in the diamond mining countries of Africa. The film shows the tension and struggle between the forces of the government and rebel forces and alliances. One of the main issues that the film focuses on is ethics. The viewer can see how Solomon was taken captive by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and forced to mine diamonds. The ethical implications of such an act are apparent, as he is separated from his family and particularly his son, Dia. He is taken against his will, and forced to work for the RUF. It is disturbing to think that such actions where being taken in 1999. One would think at that time in our history that we would be past such actions. The idea of globalization is also present in the film. Diamonds are an internationally sought after jewel, customers from all over the globe seek out the precious jewel. The film really makes one think about where their diamonds come from and the process that was taken to mine it.

  33. Watching this movie, I came to the end with a loss of words. The diamond companies promise to stop buying the diamonds, and yet continue to fund and finance a civil war, a war of terror and destruction, one where children are the warriors, people are killed indiscriminately whether they be child, woman, or militant. These are the ravages of civil war, a country filled with ‘soldiers of fortune’….
    Are these small precious stones worth the lives, the struggle, the torture – are they worth this lapse of ethical judgment?

    The power and cost of a single diamond…

  34. I am not even sure where to begin writing a blog entry about this film. “Blood Diamond,” is possibly the most sobering movie I have ever watched. Each scene was another rude awakening, from the innocent blood shed of people who have nothing to do with diamonds, the training of child soldiers, and just the generally brutality.

    My feelings of horror and disgust are very much mixed with my own guilt for liking diamonds. Granted, I do not own any diamonds of significance, but the idea that some tiny stone in my jewelry may have cost someone their life makes me sick. Even more distressing is the point that Jennifer Connolly’s character Maddy made when she was talking about her writing. She said that she was writing because there was nothing else she could do. She felt completely helpless and at a loss for how to raise awareness and get people to care enough to stop demanding these gems. She was right, the people that purchase diamonds are worlds away and have no idea of the tainted history of their jewelry. How can one person, or even a few people end the bloodshed of innocent people? This question and those horrid images keep lingering in my mind. With the holiday season approaching, I don’t think that I will be able to look a diamond jewelry commercial the same again.

  35. Blood Diamond is a great movie that reveals the chaotic situation in Africa. Given the availability of various natural resources and valuable substances such as gold and diamond, westerners have been penetrating into Africa and searching for those things to their own avail and benefit for a long time. In this movie, stories have been told specifically in the search of diamonds, and more precisely, blood diamonds. Back in the 1990s, the rebels and government were fighting against each other in Sierra Leone which leads to a huge mess and civil war in this country. A local fisherman Solomon Vandy lives in a village with his family and hopes his oldest son would become a doctor one day. However, a sudden assault from rebels breaks this family apart. Solomon was brought to a diamond field in searching for diamonds, where he finds a sizable pink diamond that will be priceless in market and changing his life forever. When a mercenary diamond smuggler Danny Archer accidentally meets Solomon in jail and hears about the news, he decides to get both of them out and retrieve the diamond together.

    From a simple economic perspective, when there is a large demand, competition from suppliers starts to stimulate a cheaper way for supply. The forces of globalization push merchandisers to satisfy their supply unethically in third world countries more and more for better prices, even at the risk of losing their lives. In such a chaotic yet resource-rich continent of Africa, local people are unable to govern themselves in order to protect their natural resources. As the westerners say to themselves, “TIA”—this is Africa. There is no trust, friendship, ethics, or sympathy between each other; everybody here in Africa has his or her own purpose to fulfill regardless of other people’s benefit or perception. For that rare pink diamond, everyone who knows about it wants to get a share of it and makes a big profit in the American and European markets where people demand diamonds for decoration and wedding rings. People use one another to achieve their goals in Africa without any consideration of whether the conduct is ethical, and they kill each other after the mission is complete as the way’s been done all the time. Behind the shining diamond ring as people purchase in America or Europe, surprisingly bloody and inhuman fights are taking place everywhere in Africa as hundreds of thousands innocent people are killed blindly. Luckily, people like the American journalist and some NGOs start to realize the seriousness of the problem worldwide, and they start to call for international conferences by discussing the issue as well as enforcing global regulations that stem the flow of conflict diamonds to the world markets. This movie should be able to draw more attention from the international community to the situations in Africa and put forth actions from the stakeholders to stop trading for blood diamonds.

  36. Jennifer Gilligan

    The movie “Blood Diamond” focuses on the issue of globalization and international ethics surrounding the diamonding mining industry in Africa. The movie presents us with the ongoing struggle between the government and the rebels. The rebels come in and attack villages killing most only keeping the young strong men. They use the older men to mine diamonds while they train the young boys to become rebels themselves. They train them to go to in and kill innocent people just as their families had been.

    With the increase of globalization in the world countries are able to interact more easily. As we interact and do more business we come across different values in ethics. When most people buy diamonds they don’t think of where they came from. In the movie it shows that many of the diamonds purchased by large companies are Blood diamonds, diamonds that are mined by slaves ruled by the rebels. The point they try to prove in the movie is that the American companies known the horrible way these diamonds are mined and they purchase them anyways. Also these large companies store surplus quantities of the diamonds to keep the prices high and to keep from having a large surge of diamonds into the economy. This way they can make more money on the diamonds they sell.

    So the question is should the diamond companies continue to purchase these diamonds even though they know where they come from? Or should they make it their business to make sure that the diamonds they purchase are legitimately mined by paid workers? We again come to the debate whether a company should just operate to make a profit or if they should take an ethical route when doing business.

  37. What a black hole the continent Africa became after the discoveries of gold and dimanond. We see from the movie that raw diamonds get mixed with good/bad quality diamonds in Afghanistan, then ship to Antwerp (Belgium), which is the world capital of diamonds, but a great city to go to , then distributed throughout the world.
    Big companies like DeBeer use the corrupt government of undeveloped African countries to pay for the cheapest possible price for the supplies. They don’t care about the consequences, they don’t care about the civilians, and they don’t care about how the jobs are being done. Those issues were exposed to the public, and even that didn’t stop people from buying diamonds. You can see in many jewelers a sign that says “Conflict Free Diamond” which makes me laugh. Because like Raed mentioned above, those companies still support the civil war in Africa, they provide weapons for the terrorist, so they can gather those diamonds at a dirt cheap price, because the government is so corrupt in those countries and also we are looking at probably the most unethical companies we can ever see. How hard do you think it is for those companies to make labels as “Conflict Free Diamonds”, if they have power to create a civil war??

  38. Jiaxi(Zeta)Chen

    When I finish watching Blood Diamond, there are so many question marks in my mind? Why the diamond companies keep on doing the dirty and unethical business even they are all the details about illegal diamonds? Why so many Africans kill their own black brothers just to get the diamond to satisfy white people’s needs? Why so many people have to die just because of a piece of small stone? Aren’t people all crazy to close their eyes to just allow the inhuman slaughters happened in the African paradise? Why so many governments are blind to the bloody stories of blood diamonds until some journalist uncover the truth? Can people like Archer who does the illegal diamonds deals stand out to tell us all the details about blood diamond?
    We can’t give the exact answers to all the questions I mentioned above. It’s a shame for the government and unethical diamond companies.
    As a individual, we can’t do anything to change this bad situation fundamentally, but just remind yourself when you want to buy the diamond, it might be one of the blood diamonds , so stop buying the diamonds when you possibly buy the illegal diamonds in an unusual way. We can try our best to decrease the market of illegal diamonds (I’m sure there is no way that this kind of market will disappear).
    As government, especially government of some countries who are the main importers of diamonds, use the law to regulate the diamond business and market. Strict customs declaration of imported diamonds is very important way to prevent illegal diamonds from going through domestic markets. Give the extreme harsh punishment to the companies who were found to do the illegal diamond business.
    We should clearly and deeply realize the reason why so many African countries are so crazy about blood diamond. Because the bad economy of these third-world countries, people are starving and dying every day. Exploiting the natural resources becomes their only way to support their lives. When developed countries are spending bucks to launch the war and try to overrule and take advantage of the other country. Could you give more help to the developing countries even you think it’s none of your business and are fetish to the benefits of wars that will bring to you?
    On the other hand, compared to the inhuman diamond companies which are doing illegal diamond business, we can still see a lot of companies they are doing the charities to help people from third-world country. Like some spring water companies, they donate like $10 cents of one bottled spring water they sold to feed the children in African countries.
    So my answer is, as a human being , we should not exchange the lives, the struggle, the torture with these small stones. As an unethical company, your business is also highly risky that some days you will pay back what you did today and finally out of business.

  39. Larysa Karasev

    I am overwhelmed with frustrating feelings. This movie is a great one, but it actually does not give solutions to painless problem – corporations’ greed and complete devalue of human lives. There is always be one more reveling story of nations under control of wild rebellions, kids in training camps and rivers of blood. I tried to watch this movie a couple of times and actually had to take brakes as it was impossible to see so much brutal violence and hopeless.
    I have diamonds, they all are gifts and remind me of precious moments of my life. Should I feel sorry that probably one of them was a blood diamond? I do not know. I feel that as there is nothing I can do with killing people over ivory, or gold, or diamonds – there is always greed and selfishness over there, than I’d better not watch this movie and experienced so much negative emotions.
    Corporations will always have their own set of rules no matter if some individuals like it or not.

  40. In the film Blood Diamond, Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary originally from Zimbabwe, is in the business of smuggling diamonds out of Sierra Leone. After being arrested, he learns in prison that another inmate, Solomon Vandy, knows the location of a very large and rare diamond. When he is released from prison he pays to have Vandy released and subsequently bribes him in order to find the location of the rare stone. Maddy Bowen, an American journalist, helps Vandy find most of his family at which point Archer demands that Vandy take him to the location of the diamond. In the end, Archer is killed and Vandy and his son Dia escape to London, England with the diamond. The closing scene shows Vandy giving a speech, presumably on the topic of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, to several government officials from around the world.

    Globalization and international ethics are central themes in Blood Diamond. The growth of the conflict diamond market is an example of a negative effect of globalization. Overall, I would argue that globalization has its benefits and disadvantages. On one hand, it has allowed for more market efficiency. On the other hand, it has led to the exploitation of certain third world countries that are rich in natural resources such as Sierra Leone. It is clearly unethical for international diamond companies to accept blood diamonds because by purchasing them from smugglers they are in effect subsidizing civil war within certain African nations. Fortunately, the United Nations Security Council passed legislation in 2003 called the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), which has basically made it illegal for companies to purchase and sell conflict diamonds. Nevertheless, some companies continue to exploit third world countries in order to extract their valuable resources (e.g., oil).

  41. Blood Diamond portrays several ethical issues brought on by globalization. African villages in Sierra Leone are raided for workers who will be used as slave labor in the diamond industry. Families are broken apart or killed during the raids. Corruption is pervasive in the government and several countries that mine conflict diamonds never show any exports. Globalization brings about both advantageous and disadvantageous results. Blood Diamond shows some of the negatives (especially in ethics) of globalization. Countries and individuals should not engage in unethical situations or turn their backs on them. The movie makes the point that rich American girls want large diamonds without concern of the carnage that may take place to obtain them. It is important for players in the global market to be vigilant against corruption and unethical behavior. If unethical situations arise it is there responsibility to take the correct course of action and resolve the situation.

  42. Blood Diamond is a film about the political power struggle that takes place in areas like the Congo and Sierra Leone. These areas are rich with natural resources that are very valuable on the world market, and it becomes clear that whoever holds control of the diamonds has the power to rule these countries. The power stems from the ability of the rebels in the country to become dominant players in the global economy, which in turn allows them to gain wealth and more importantly guns to use in their political struggle. The blame seems to be easily traced to those committing the atrocities in the film, shooting women and children, making young boys execute people, yet as we see this power would not be there if not for the world market allowing it to continue. This film shows an interesting mix between tangible battles that everyone can relate to, and the role financial markets play on this stage.
    The film is a very good film, combining great actors with a very politically oriented film. The blood diamonds are still an issue today, and it brings to light a market that goes along with the blood diamonds, the dealing of arms. The black market operates in parallel with other markets, as we see, the diamonds that are in such high demand in the United States and around the world are directly funding arms dealers and the spread of violence in areas with this natural wealth.

  43. I have seen this movie before. At that time, I feel like it is just a Hollywood style’s action movie. However, this time I come up some thoughts regarding to globalization. I used to view globalization as a good stuff for every industry, but this movie carries out some dark sides of diamond industry. Therefore, I was thinking whether each kind of global company has its own ethical issues or not. We definitely need to inspect company carefully in order to prevent some tragedies from accidents. Moreover, I think company should have responsibility to inspect itself carefully, it can not use some country’s misfortune to be your benefits. Even though it can make a lot of profit, we still need to put conscience in the first place.

  44. Blood Diamond is the most influential movie on the list. The setting is in Africa; more specifically Sierra Leone. It centers on the diamond trade and the civil war between the RUF rebels and local government. Funding for the RUF and their weapons originates with diamonds. Demand for the diamonds comes from developed countries, mostly the U.S. and Europe. The only way to stop this problem is to remove the demand. Thankfully, developed nations have taken a step in the right direction by creating the Kimberly Process Certification which defines the origins of the diamond. This has dramatically reduced the consumption of the “blood diamonds” from this region.

    My favorite quote occurs when Danny and Solomon come across a village on their way to find the diamond. He says “Let’s hope they don’t discover oil here, then we’d would have real problems.” The people of and around Sierra Leone are stuck in the middle of this senseless war and used to mine the diamonds. The RUF originally fought for the country’s rural poor, but lost sight of this and got caught up in diamond trade money. The people of Sierra Leone were exploited and used as tools. The sad thing is that the developed nations are ultimately responsible and are the end-users of the diamonds. If it was not for the demand created by these nations, the RUF would be forced to find other means, if any, to fund their operations.

  45. Does globalization always benefit the companies, countries, and societies? After watching “Blood Diamond”, I do believe it probably only help those big companies generate huge profits, but sacrifice the welfare of workers, who are directly or indirectly employed by globalized firms. Generally speaking, the purpose of companies, who pursue cost saving or potential market shares in foreign countries, is to create maximum revenue. To achieve this goal, those companies often pretermit or tolerate the unethical activities that may even cause infraction of human rights or lives. On the other hand, since governments of undeveloped countries would most likely suffer great debts or financial crises, they would allow globalized firms to consume their resource, including land, rivers, forests, and labor, until they realize what extent of damage could be caused and affect their people, environment, and economy. Besides United Nations, human-right organizations, and governments, globalized companies should take most of responsibilities of engaging unethical activities.

  46. Philip St. Clair

    The diamond industry has always been one that operates with questionable ethics at best. However, today most leaders claim that they did not sell conflict diamonds, but how are we to know? The movie Blood Diamond is different from most of the other business movies we have watched in the fact that it was supported by an A list cast and more importantly a large Hollywood budget. I first saw this movie in the theater because it received excellent reviews and like the critics, I loved it. Some of the previous posts go into a summarization of the movie so I will refrained from doing that however globalization and ethics is once again a prime topic. Danny Archer is a self-made man and can almost be looked at as a hitman or consultant for the diamond industry heads. He will go through anything to discover the next big diamond. But why? The only logical explanation is because of the money. “Money makes the world go round” is a famous quote that I’ll refer to because it is very appropriate. It two completely different cultures, one first world and one third world, money is the only thing that unites them. So is the diamond industry justified in buying and selling conflict diamonds? Of course not. Buying something for cheap and selling it for a large profit is much different then what it taking place in Sierra Leone. Slaves are actually being forced to mine the diamonds and people are killing each other in order to become the bearer of these diamonds. This would be the equivalent of forcing slaves to manufacturer cars and then having people kill each other in order to steal the cars and then selling them to GM whom re-sells them to the public. It does not sound right.

    In the end, business is business and some industries will engage in unethical practices in order to get the cheaper products and services and in order to sell their product or service for the highest price. However, to turn a cheek at rape, killing and inhuman behavior in order to do so, is not just unethical but in most of the countries that diamond are now sold in is illegal. Unfortunately this is an issue where the government must step in because if they do not then there will always be someone who takes advantage of the situation and lets his or hers greed control his or hers morals.

  47. “Blood diamond” as the name suggests is a movie that tries to throw some light on how are the diamonds actually manufactured. It shows that the war between the rebels and the government results in making miners work as slaves to get diamonds from the mines. These diamonds however are bought by the companies from the developed countries. This helps them get the diamond at lower price and helps them generate more revenues and profits. After watching this movie I definitely need to rethink before I buy a diamond as it might just be a ‘BLOOD’ diamond. But, this movie doesn’t give an answer to the ongoing debate about the pros and cons of globalization and the question still remains unanswered.

  48. Jeff Wolniewicz

    Blood Diamond is a great movie that sheds light on the brutal violence that most diamond consumers are unaware of. Diamond companies do a very good job of keeping the origin of these diamonds swept under the carpet. It is clear that there needs to be some sort of international group created to deal with these sorts of ethical violations. Individual countries have little control over the actions of big corporations take overseas. An international group capable of punishing and fining these corporations seems to be the best possible answer. Based on earlier blogs, it seems that steps in the right direction are being taken with law demanding that a diamonds origin be verified.

    As far as globalization, Blood Diamond clearly highlights the negative aspect. Big corporations are able to enter into foreign markets and exploit the resources and the people simply because they have more money. The people in these third world countries are poor, starving, and willing to do anything to make some money. However, the real issue lies in the fact there may be not somebody to directly blame for the atrocities in Sierra Leone. Do you blame consumers? If there was no demand then there would be no need for violence. Unfortunately diamonds are considered precious and are associated with an act so central to many women’s lives, marriage, that demand will always be there. Some have mentioned above that they will never look at diamonds the same again, I have my reservations that those feelings will change a few years down the line when wedding bells are ringing. Do you blame the diamond corporations? After all, they are simply feeding demand the cheapest way possible, isn’t that just good business? Corportations are greedy, bottom line. They will find the cheapest way possible to provide diamonds and turn greater profits. Or do you blame the people from Sierra Leone itself? How are the people in this region being raised so morally empty and corrupt as to kill members of their own family for marginal amounts of money? I’m pretty sure that nobody that I know would kill members of their own family for money. Like it or not, this is the world we live in and we are all to blame. We live in a material world that has made a rock more valuable than a person’s life.

  49. Lauren Spielberg

    Blood Diamond shows the negatives of globalization on the world as well as the unethical behaviors of corporations. Relating the issue of globalization, without being a globalized world, the diamond corporations would never have known about Africa’s hidden jewel of having diamonds. They would never have financed the operations that were taking place in Sierra Leone. It is up to the diamond corporations to be socially responsible to the people of Sierra Leone and other places known for blood diamonds. The diamond corporations know what is happening in these countries, but continue to purchase and sell the diamonds. The killing of innocent people; women, children, and men for diamonds or anything for that matter should not be condoned by any corporation or nation. If it was happening in the country that the corporations were from, it would be stopped immediately. It should be no different because the operation is in another country. As always, it is important for corporations to be ethical and socially responsible in all aspects.

  50. The first time I watched this movie, these company’s brutal and the unethical way to do business occupied all my mind. Those companies care about money more than they care about people’s life. I started to search online and found some facts about diamond, that diamond does not really worth that much money because, in the world, the cutted diamonds are more than cars. They are absolutely not rare. The diamond company, I mean De Beers, hide the truth about diamond and market it as a simbol of love. What makes people in Sierra Leone live so misersbly? Dose globalization has something to do with this? I think there is nothing wrong with globalinzation itself. Those companies becoming more and more greedy and people getting more and more superficial should be responsible for these tragedy.

  51. Tzu-Chuan Chiu (Anson)

    If people know how the diamond is discovered, will people buy it? Today, we see a lot of anti-animal abuse groups protest the purchase of animal-made goods, but how many of them protest the purchase of diamond. Blood Diamond describes the dark side of Globalization. This movie shows us how the sparkling diamond purchased by people are acquired. Because of the scarcity of diamond, many established countries employ their economic power to engage in some unethical or illegal activities to obtain diamonds in some developing countries. Theoretically, using developing countries’ cheap labors to cost down the operation expenses and make higher profit is one of the benefit of globalization. However, if the most companies in diamond industry are only focusing on the cost saving side but taking no care of labor benefit, at least to me, I won’t buy any of the diamond to support the unethical business.

  52. Michael Buxbaum

    Blood Diamond is one of my favorite movies of the last few years. Through this film, we get a first hand look into the violence in certain nations, such as Sierra Leone, caused by what are known as blood diamonds. From a globalization standpoint we see the corruption cause by greedy corporations turning profits on these conflict diamonds.
    Should these diamonds be allowed to be sold for profit around the world? In the film, Van de Kaap Corporation buys the diamonds from smugglers such as Danny Archer, who sells weapons in exchange for the diamonds, then brings them to the world market through these large corporations. Essentially these diamonds are funding brutal regimes in African, while making naïve consumers happy around the world. The main question is should consumers have an obligation to purchase conflict free diamonds? Or is it up to the corporations to act ethically stay away from conflict diamonds? Hopefully the Kimberly Process, which is explained briefly at the end of the film, has and will continue to certify that all diamonds are conflict free, and in turn, bring an end to the unrest in countries such as Sierra Leone.

  53. Before watching “Blood Diamond” I really didn’t know much about diamond smuggling, but the movie does a good job of showing the basic process. The diamonds are exchanged to purchase arms which pretty much finances civil war, giving factions the ability to rise against the government. I thought the most interesting part of the movie was when Archer finally tells Maddy how the diamonds are smuggled. This is the scene where it tells how customs are paid off to certify that the diamonds are from Liberia so they can be legally exported to India. There are obvious implications of international ethics throughout the movie including everything from the customs being paid off to even the customers who buy diamonds from jewelry shops (the movie indicates that the U.S. is responsible for 2/3 of diamond purchases). During the movie, Maddy says something along the lines that “if people knew that each diamond was costing a life they wouldn’t buy it.” Unfortunately, I don’t think this is even close to true and the only way to prevent people from buying these illegally exported diamonds is to keep them from leaving conflict zones all together (the goal of the Kimberly Process mentioned).

  54. Matthew Passero

    This movie was not only suspenseful, but also informative. I love how this movie took something that we’re all familiar with (diamonds) and showed one aspect of what life is like for the people who are forced to find these precious stones. It’s amazing how before watching this movie I never would have even considered where a diamond really comes from and what some person might have had to go through just to get it there. Overall, as future business men and women of the world (speaking for the class) I think that it is imperative that we all learn from this disturbing example and make sure that we know at all times who our product is coming from and what process it went through to make it to it’s final destination. Clearly a trade done in this manner, in regards to diamonds, is far from ethical.

  55. This is the movie which could make you feel sorrow, and especially for me, who’s home country was robbed hundred years ago. The influence of this movie is far reaching, it shows us a picture which we did not imaged before. The bloodiness and humanity touched me when I watch this movie. My strong feeling is that when people are not in a specific position, he could hardy tell what price did some people paid for to earn the basic rights and life.
    While the diamond is luxury and a symbol of love, it lost its meaning in some places. As to the rebel forces, it is the money for weapon and expansion; As to Archer, it is the ticket out of Africa, but as to Solomon it is the exchange for his son and his family. The disclosures of things we do not know about diamond reflect that a lot of sweat and even blood are hidden behind the fantastic appearance.
    In the business world, the benefits of globalization drive business to maximize their benefits at the cost of people in other nations. The relationship of business and government smoothed this expansion. The globalization did bring a lot of benefits as a whole, but the people who benefited from the globalization can seldom taste the bitterness of the globalization, which passed some unfairness, excessive capture and discrimination onto some developing countries and especially the country in poverty and civil war. The really ironical and sad part is that, some developed countries, while give some developing countries hard time, put fierce criticism on the developing countries for their pollution, human rights, protection for knowledge and so on. While the world becomes flat, a large number of people only see the enlarged resources, reduced prices and increased living standard of the flat world while blind to the effect they may pose on the other countries which struggle to feed their citizen. The globalization brings us benefits while enhanced some countries greed, they always ask for more and do not want their recourse became not supportive and not low price.
    This is a movie about the diamond, what if there is a movie about oil? Wish the globalization enhance the understanding of people in different regions with varied belief, wish the globalization bring the businessman more sense of responsibility to the communities they developed into instead of solely emphasizing on their home countries. And when we enjoy the convenience and high quality, please do not put unfair criticism on the developing countries which enabled the life improvement of your own. Instead of criticism and unfairly treating, please think more about the responsibility and do business in a more ethical way, or else, I doubt how the unethical businessman could sleep well at night.

  56. They still allow smoking in movies?

    De Beers has taken steps to reduce the number of conflict diamonds, but in the context of the movie, I like what someone said above: this is a supply and demand issue. A scarce resource will have a high price if the demand is there. There will always be unethical groups willing to exploit scarce resources using violent ways, but the flip side is true, too. We’ve seen the impact people can have once they learn of the destructive consequences an action or a product can bring. Look at the Green movement: Tom Friedman is calling for nationwide dedication to Green initiatives in his books, and politicians eat that stuff up. Plus, the success of places like Whole Foods and Panera has shown there is demand for socially conscious or organic food. Change is largely a matter of recognizance by the population of what has gone wrong, and taking action on it.

  57. The diamond industry in Africa is the background of this movie. We can find the idea of globalization here. People from all over of world can be the customers of diamond. With the increase chance of globalization in today’s world, ethics problems always happen because different countries have different ethics view. DiCaprio focuses on the special diamond called the Blood Diamond in the movie. Everybody wants that diamond and nobody cares how many lives are lost because of it. Another issue the movie talks about which I think important is recruiting children. Children here are brainwashed, after being kidnapped, and instructed to be obedient slaves. They are robbed of the innocence and trained to commit the most evil vices. There are thousands of children soldiers in Africa. The saddest part for me is to realize this story is real.

  58. Like most, I saw this movie as a horrible “potential” of globalization. The film depicts the unrest that has occurred throughout the world as world powers and nations, as well as economies, move and take place. Needless to say, this is not one of the most honorable occurrences in modern history.

    The film follows the story of one man’s fight to save his family in the backdrop of diamond mining in Sierra Leone. The basic theme/conflict being the greed of some harming others. The film serves as a reminder of one of the most recent and possibly most widespread “harms” of globalization. In a general sense, I am referring to events that have occurred during the past thirty years, which many people point to after the fall of the apartheid system in place in Africa. Of course, there is no way to justify the events depicted in the film, but it does raise the question of what the area would be like without outside interference. In other words, is the conflict fueled by globalization, or is the conflict depicted attributed to long running clashes between regional groups, or a combination of the two?

  59. Chiao-Yin Chang

    I already saw the movie “Blood Diamond” many times. It is not only because it’s a great movie but also it touches my heart so deeply. The movie describe the story about Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999. There is a poor fish man who is Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou). His village attacked by the Revolutionary United Front(RUF). They separate him from his family and force him to mine diamond for them. During the Solomon found a large pink diamond then hide it for rescue his family from poverty and war. But this rare diamond cause a lot of people deaths and show the bloody pathetic situation that Africa people encountered. The most impressed part is that the revolution organization such as RUF discipline children to murder people and sees this kind of cruel violence as hero to liberate Africa. I feel very sorry about the children and feel how fortunate I am. I don’t have to face the struggle that the Civil war brings and the difficult environment where is full of fear and sorrow. T.I.A. (This is Africa) depict the sadness and bloody war in this land. Before I saw the movie, I didn’t realize that buying diamond would probably cause the tragedy happen in Africa. These victims even had never seen diamond entire life but murdered by it. The greedy of pursuing fortune cause such sin toward the innocent people in Africa. We should think deeply when we try to buy the diamond and make sure that the resource of diamonds. However, even doing so still can not stop the crime in Africa completely. We should appeal people’s attention to face the problem which conflict diamond would arise and establish careful system to boycott conflict diamond such as Kimberley Process.

  60. Wen-Ting (Doris) Wei

    This movie is a very great one that makes us think about the value of diamond. In many countries, people are influenced a lot of the value of diamond, the lasting of love. Advertising/Commercial emphasizes the importance of diamond when men want to marry women. However, most people don’t know how diamond is obtain and if the diamond they get is blood one. Consumers have to refuse to buy everything unethically got and merchants won’t have opportunity to profit from people in the third world. There are many benefits of globalization and this movie brings some of them such as the ease of reaching resources and cheap labors and regulations, but some problems are also from the same factors. Not only consumers have to think about what not to buy, but also companies should sell products based on ethical production.

  61. Blood Diamond exposes the viewer to globalization and international ethical issues in very blunt and morbid ways. The plot is circled around the diamond trade in Sierra Leone during a civil war in the late 1990s. The main business issues represented in this movie revolve the controversial diamond mining in Sierra Leone, in particular, the mining in rebel-controlled areas.

    Basically, many Africans are dying due to the civil war that is partially if not wholly being financed by the diamond trade. The rebels mine the diamonds and sell them to big international corporations. The international corporations save a fortune by buying from these rebels because they don’t pay any inflated costs due to overhead or labor.

    From a completely amoral point of view, it makes perfect sense for the corporations to do such a thing but I actually have “somewhat” of a heart. In today’s “globalized” world it is completely immoral and unethical for a company to do business with such tyrants. It is absolutely inexcusable. It shows complete moral disregard and these companies should be punished. It’s actually disgusting. Probably most horrifying is the fact that some companies actually provide the rebels with weapons and support in order to keep the diamond trade going. Seriously? Aren’t these companies guilty of some sort of war crime? They should be ripped to shreds and sold off piece by piece to other jewel distributors. I have to stop, I’m getting angry.

    Some people may say that these corporations were forced to do this because consumers demanded diamonds at reasonable prices. BS, diamonds are already expensive and men will still buy them to please their lady friends (Trust me….Prof. Pitman). It is very possible to conduct a legitimate and socially responsible business today and still turn a handsome profit.

  62. Michael Warren

    Blood Diamond demonstrates globalization and ethical issues. A small village in Sierra Leone is invaded by the Revolutionary United Front. The RUF captures Soloman and enslaves him to work in a diamond field while his son is forced to join the rebel’s army. Many families are killed or torn apart in these raids. These ‘blood diamonds’ are sold in exchange for weapons to help the RUF gain power over the region. Many people in countries like the United States don’t seem to worry to much about how a diamond was obtained or the unethical issues surrounding the diamonds. If more people knew about and took a stance against this diamond trading, then perhaps there will be less conflict and corruption in many places.

  63. This movie shows the unethical behavior of African diamond miners. They are forced to work as what is basically a slave. This movie tries to show the horrible circumstances that people are forced to work in and wants to convince the viewers that they should not buy diamonds that may be from this area because it will further the bad treatment of the people.

  64. Daniel Pokidaylo

    Globalization and international ethical issues are the main theme of “Blood Diamond.” The film follows Danny Archer in his hunt for conflict diamonds, aka blood diamonds. These diamonds are considered blood diamonds because people will kill others in order to find them. Sierra Leone understands the value of these diamonds, and holds its own people hostage so that the rich can profit, while the poor suffer.

    The film shows globalization issues by showing how jewelry stores will make very ‘shady’ deals with the people from the Sierra Leone area, so that they can receive flawless diamonds for very cheap. They know they can get these cheap diamonds from a small country halfway around the globe due to globalization making trading easier.

    The film also portrays ethical issues by showing how corrupt some of these corporations are, and how corupt people in the military can be when these diamonds are involved. The film tries to show that some people are only concerned about money and don’t care what implications these diamonds have on the people of the country.

  65. “Blood Diamond” a film which shows the realities of the diamond industry and the atrocities that goes along with it. The film brings into question not just the ethical issues involved in cultivating and selling diamonds, but also globalization, war, and supply chains. When a person goes into a store and purchases a diamond ring, they usually don’t think about where that diamond came from or how it got there. “Blood Diamond” brings these issues to life and shows the harsh realities of the global environment we live in.

    All in all I found this movie to be an excellent source of information not just historically, but also in business. People will do anything for a sustainable income, and the diamond trade proves just that. Lying, cheating, murder, and scandal are all a regular staple in this industry and just goes to show the greater the risk the greater the reward. This film was not just information; it was actually a great story which was told well. It was a great last movie for the semester and was certainly something I should have watched sooner!

  66. The movie “Blood Diamond” shows an example of the ethical dilemma’s that businesses must face in the globalized world we live in today. Blood Diamond tells the story of American and London diamond companies knowingly buying and selling conflict “blood” diamonds. The movie takes place in Sierra Leone, where a horrible civil war is taking place; men are kidnapped to work in the diamond mines, and young boys are kidnapped to serve as rebel soldiers.

    Last semester we discussed various “ethical tests” that people can use in order to make a decision of whether to go ahead with something or not. I find it interesting, and scary, that since there were no hard facts that these diamond businesses were ‘knowingly’ buying conflict diamonds, that nothing could be published about it or have standards and regulations set. As the journalist, Maddy, stated, since she could not find any hard facts about the exporting of diamonds, smuggling, or facts about bank accounts, she could not inform the public about this horrible war going on in Africa. Finally, with the help of Archer (Leo), Maddy finally got her story, pictures, proof, and facts she needed to confront these diamond companies and inform the world of what is going on. I remember in our ethics class we had discussed Warren Buffet’s “Front page of the newspaper” ethical test. I believe that even if something is ‘not illegal,’ if you do not want your actions or decisions known to the public (for example here: buying conflict blood diamonds) than as an executive and a human being, you should follow that test and align your actions with it.

  67. Kuo-Shen Huang

    This is a very good movie and I also learned a lot from this movie. This movie encourages me to think about the “globalization” problems. Undoubtedly, diamond is one of the most valuable products in the world. When those valuable diamonds are exported from the poor countries to those developed countries, no people would think that diamond which is blanketed as those “black people’s blood”. The “unofficial” government takes advantage of the profits to purchase the munitions and keep exploring the child and women to help them mine the diamond. Globalization actually brings up some problems especially in those poor countries. It is all what we need to take account and how to avoid this “similar” kind of problems since diamond is absolutely not the only problems and it is also not the last problems we may face. How to overcome these problems and achieve all benefits for all of the worldwide countries by implementing effective “ethic rules” needs everyone in the corner of world to considerate.

  68. The movie “Blood diamond” puts light on some of the back side effects of globalization. When managerial science teaches about globalization, it gives dry definitions of new concepts like “obtain access to valuable natural resources” or “spread business risk across wider market base” in sakes of achieving the Mecca of lower costs. However, students do not gat much inside on what means corporations are ready to use to achieve that costs competitive advantage. The movie shows us that very often international businesses will use the excuse that if not them, someone else will use the opportunity anyway. As a result they go for breaking ethical laws and use whatever opportunity is presented to get a cheaper product in order to increase their profit margins. International precious stones traders are ready to create demand for diamonds that are literally covered with blood of workers that extracted them, of traders that took risks of delivering these cheap but high quality diamonds to buyers and of people that that are being killed with weapons bought for proceeds earned from these trades. It is important that businesses think about longer term implications of their momentous decisions driven solely by profit seeking.

  69. Chin-Hsiang Lin

    I felt so bad after watching this movie since that diamond was produced by that way. I always think that diamond represents the pledge of love and don’t know how did it come or make from. It totally would lose the basic love meaning of diamond if it was true that diamond made by sacrificing and ignoring people’s lives. This movie also reflected that how important role did the globalization play in the business world by now. If the company could successfully drive itself very well to take the benefits of the globalization, it will generate lots of revenue because globalization which means to bring the advantage of reducing the cost. In addition, this movie also tells us that human should have responsibility for taking care of the limited resource. Not only the diamond is the limited treasure in the world but also the other resources are the limited treasure in the world. What about the oil? Oil is more precious than diamond. I cannot imagine that in order to get the limited oil, human we use the way like Blood Diamond. That would be a disaster we don’t expect. So, we must cherish our own resources in the world and be ethical thinking and consideration during taking them into making money.

  70. Rachael Schwartz

    This movie actually made me question my love of diamonds… and that is a difficult thing to do. It is hard to watch a movie like this, where murder is a normal occurrence. I can’t even imagine a place in the world where life is constantly threatened. This movie is not a case of ethics, but a case of general human concern. No matter how valuable a diamond may be, it is hard for me to see how diamonds could ever equal so many human lives. While I don’t understand how this can happen, I cannot think of anyway to avoid it. Just as Maddy explains of her purpose for writing a story on these conflict diamonds, what else can she do besides write and make people aware. While any person can request that they purchase non-conflict diamonds, I feel like it is almost impossible to prove whether or not a diamond is from a conflict area. The main problem is for these requests to make a difference there must be some way to differentiate the diamonds, and that is obviously almost impossible. All in all the whole idea is extremely upsetting, and makes me question the whole idea of globalization and trade with countries that allow this to happen.

  71. William Haller

    This movie mostly made me think of how globalization so easily makes unknowing people participate in arguably unethical behavior. Due to the vast network of businesses, governments, and people involved with a trade such as diamonds, it is easy to see just how complicated things can be.

    For example, my brother just bought an engagement ring this past weekend. He bought it from a wholesale diamond place in New Jersey. The truth is, the sale of those diamonds could easily be used to keep people in bondage, fund civil war, and encourage renegade militants to run rampant. Yet from our perspective in the States, we are just buying a good like any other.

    The more awareness we gain from dramatizations such as Blood Diamond, the more thoughtful we may have to be when selecting an avenue to make a purchase. This is where companies known as socially responsible may have the chance to get a leg up in the future, if people are more aware and considerate of the facts.

  72. Chris Bellinzoni

    This movie and the morally corrupt business practices involved in the acquisition of conflict diamonds brought to my mind the saying from sports that ‘its not a foul if the ref doesn’t see it.’ As horrible as it sounds, that is the platform on which the companies involved are operating. Clearly there are things taking place in this situation that are morally bankrupt and damaging the lives of many people, but as long as companies can continue to profit from it without governments and the world as a whole stepping in and ‘blowing the whistle’ on them, it will never stop, there’s simply too much money to be made.

  73. The movie Blood Diamond shows that globalization and international ethical issues are more and more important for us. Everything that happens in our day life may influence another edge around the world. It is hard to distinguish which one is correct and which one is wrong. Do we enjoy our life and word hard to make a lot of money in one side, and in other side say we have to take care of the people whose life are terrible? We still want to say the person who make a lot of money and contribute to poor person AFTER he or she die is a good person. If that is what we say ethical, I do not know what is unethical.

  74. The film is noteworthy for how uncompromising it is at presenting the downright devastation that grips the innocent people of Sierra Leone. The real sad elements of the film is in how some people turn a blind eye to the needless slaughter of human lives that occurs in the pursuit of wealth. Even more disturbing is how the film details the way the youth of the region are turned into mindless zombies that spout out rebel virtues at the end of machine gun barrels. The arc of Solomon and his son’s transformation is truly sad, and to see Solomon’s emotional breakdown at the thought of his son’s dissention into hell is gripping and difficult to watch. For a film that spends a great deal of its time targeting unscrupulous diamond marketers and smuggling, the fact that Blood Diamond still has time to show the seduction of children in spite of this cause is revealing.

  75. The film is noteworthy for how uncompromising it is at presenting the downright devastation that grips the innocent people of Sierra Leone. The real sad elements of the film is in how some people turn a blind eye to the needless slaughter of human lives that occurs in the pursuit of wealth. Even more disturbing is how the film details the way the youth of the region are turned into mindless zombies that spout out rebel virtues at the end of machine gun barrels. The arc of Solomon and his son’s transformation is truly sad, and to see Solomon’s emotional breakdown at the thought of his son’s dissention into hell is gripping and difficult to watch. For a film that spends a great deal of its time targeting unscrupulous diamond marketers and smuggling, the fact that Blood Diamond still has time to show the seduction of children in spite of this cause is revealing.

  76. After watching the movie, I thought about the director’s purpose and intention, the message he is trying to send out to the audience. Blood Diamond,again, is about greed and obsession. Watching it I was reminded of gritty films like the Treasure on the Sierra Madre where amoral characters are driven by their own deeply rooted impulses and passions to attain limitless wealth and riches. Both films work by detailing how humanity seems to have a never-ending obsession for being gluttonous and greedy. Greed is mostly why the world is what it is now, constantly taking what you don’t need makes resources scarce, leading to wars and conflicts. if human race doesn’t work as one and transform from being materialistic to spiritually educated, we are set to be doomed, more accurately, in 2012.

  77. Venkata S Mudunuru

    This movie exposes the fact that even the legitimate diamond trade is carried out through the blood diamonds procured from Africa. As mentioned by few of my classmates above, it eventually melts out to the global demand and supply chain that affects the procurement of commodities traded globally..let it be diamonds or some other commodity.If the developed nations prohibit procurement of such blood diamonds, it would definitely reduce the atrocities in places like Africa. Its definitely the primary responsibility of any multinational company whose supply chain is spread among various countries, to ensure that suppliers are in compliance with all the legal and ethical considerations. A classic example would be Starbucks – Knowing the fact that, labor is underpaid and child labor is employed in most of the places where coffee beans are produced, it is involved in making donations and other corporate responsibility activities to promote education and health care for children in the places from where it procures its coffee beans, but is Starbucks taking any stringent action to curb such practices is the question? The firms keep on procuring their raw materials as they are there to maximize their profits. Hence, to minimize the effects of such drawbacks that come along with globalization, it requires awareness and responsible behavior to greater extent by a greater extent.

  78. This enlightening film is really quite successful in accurately portraying, to a frightening degree of truthfulness, the horrors that have occurred in the country of Sierra Leone as well as in other African nations that have been exploited by the international thirst for inexpensive diamonds. Given the subject matter, there are a number of very obvious ethical issues that arise throughout the plotline of the movie. Many (probably most) of the characters depicted within the film consistently act in ways that reveal their regrettably low level of moral fiber. I think that it would be fair to say that all of those individuals who were involved in the business end of the diamond trade in the movie exhibited very low ethical standards. However, I would assert that it would be going too far to simply label all those involved in the international conflict diamond trade as unethical individuals purely based on the evidence provided in this movie. In the study of ethics, it is important to remember the necessity of examining each unique interaction in the longer decision chain in order to arrive at useful information regarding the ethical nature of individuals and businesses. It is not useful and definitely too broad to label persons and corporations as unethical simply because their overall operations result in systems that achieve or promote undesirable consequences. Each individual decision and actor within the larger system must be scrutinized in order to identify the source cause of an ethically broken system. Then, those singular processes or individuals must be removed from the system, and the result will be a system that operates in a much more ethically acceptable manner. This is to say that the simple fact that a system produces unethical results does not necessarily indicate that each process and actor within the system is individually unethical or morally responsible for the deficiencies of the larger system. This fact highlights the problem of approaching ethical analysis through the lens of utilitarianism. The end result does not necessarily speak to the ethical nature of all of the unique processes that combine to form a large overarching system of individualized actions.

  79. Blood Diamond is a fascinating look at the true costs of globalization. Diamonds will undoubtedly be a valuable good for the foreseeable future, however very few people in the modern world think of the savage practices employed to produce the high class jewelry you see in “civilized” society. This reveals the true lack of oversight business can have when operating in third world countries, ones so desperate the government can not provide a voice for the people. These types of practices will undoubtedly be frowned upon in the future, however how many people take the time to ask the questions of business ethics globally when such actions are taking place?

  80. In the movie, many Africans are forced to extract diamond. They do not have pay and even be maltreated. Their situation is worse than those workers who work at sweatshop. Diamond companies profit from those labors that are treated ruthless. Most people who buy diamond from diamond companies do not know how they come from because the diamond companies do not buy them directly from America, instead, they subcontract to outside vendors to help them purchase diamonds. On the surface, these diamond companies seem do not have to take the responsibilities for those Africans who are treated like slaveries; however, they do have the strong obligation for preventing those Americans from being ill-treated.

  81. What does diamond represent for? Luxury, wealth, eternity. Or blood, war, greedy. From the movies, I was really shocked by the ugly truth behind the sparkling appearance. As a student in business school, I would like to talk about it in term of business view. The story happened on Sierra Leone’s civil war of the 1990s, the reason to make a quest for diamond is the greedy lust for diamonds fueling Africa’s civil war.

    I will say that the demand for diamond in other countries has partially incurred this civil war and makes people here a misery. In the developed countries, diamond was viewed as a symbol of wealth and luxury. People here usually like buying it for memorial things. Therefore, such large demand for diamond incurs an incentive to illegal and avaricious exploitation from Africa sites. The exploitation finally conflicts as a suffering war which killed people, destroyed a peaceful world in the sites.

    What if a lower demand for the diamond, what if we buy the diamond exploited legally. I was thinking that some ways we can help to reduce the war and save people’s life are to cut our demand for the diamond or only buy the diamond in legal agencies. The other way I come out to help reducing the misery is that our country needs establishing a regulation to enhance the stability and legal validity of global trade in diamond. In doing this, we might prevent the history repetition from business method.

  82. Ariana Axelrod

    This movie is absolutely fabulous. I was dragged by my parents to see it with them in the theater when it first came out. I did not know a single thing about it and the fact that it was almost 3 hours long made it the last movie I wanted to see, however, I ended up loving it. Blood Diamond evaluates a long standing, blood bath of an ethical dilemma that we are currently faced with in the popular industry of diamonds. Not only is it extremely entertaining and suspenseful, the fact that there is much truth to the movie is what makes it that good. I did not know of many of these issues that are taking place today, and this movie brought light on it, not only to me, but I’m sure to many other people. Knowing the truth about how these diamonds are acquired, and the suffering that millions of African people endure each day in order for our significant other to have a pretty ring on their finger, how far are consumers willing to go to, and how much bloodshed are they willing to overlook in order to make such a purchase? Since these diamond companies that take part in these crimes are still in business I’m sure most of the educated public do not care. I find that truly disturbing. Does our government turn a blind eye to this sort of behavior just because it is not taking place on their land? If most of the business is being completed within America, then why do American laws not apply to how the merchandise is acquired?

  83. Anthony Olenik

    Blood Diamond brings to light some of the issues surrounding globalization. It’s not a win-win situation for everyone, whether looking at it from the standpoint of a developed country or developing country. Developed countries stand to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs with time. Developing companies suffer from some of the worst labor exploitations and ethical breaches as brought to light by this movie. The diamond trade in Africa brings in locals at absurdly low wages, and without regards to safety, mines diamonds for the developed world to enjoy and a few corporate executives to live the life of luxury.
    Some argue placing tariffs on certain products associated with ethical violations would force a producing country to rectify the situation. This may be the case with farming or manufacturing industries, but diamonds are such a rare and precious commodity that the price would only be driven higher for consumers with little change in demand. Other suggestions are United Nations or other human rights organizations should check on mining operations and impose penalties for violations. These organizations can attempt to impose economic sanctions, but the world needs diamonds and with only one primary source, one way or the other the sanctions will be maneuvered around or defeated in the name of globalization. The most effective method would be confronting the developed world’s diamond corporations and imposing direct penalties on them in the form of taxes and negative publicity, until they remedy the mining situation in Africa to the best of their ability. Globalization is ripe with issues like this and too often people turn a blind eye, unless there’s a special news story or the issue directly affects the end consumer.

  84. I really appreciate at the production of the movie. First, not until the play of the movie, few have the knowledge of the trade of diamond. We usually think diamond is rare and precious. The truth is that it is only a kind of stone and the amount is far more than what we can imagine. I am glad at least most of us will think twice when deciding buying a diamond. The consciousness has been commonly built so that the positive image of diamond is somewhat destroyed.
    Second, if the product of diamond is only trade high for profit, that is understandable. However, a tiny diamond is complicated related to the smuggle of business, the trade of munitions, the lives of families and worse, which is the torture of humanity. We can see no benefit for the goodwill or common wealth during the whole process.
    Third, there is always an ethical thinking that if you don’t do this, others will do. The things can be as small as printing personal documents in the office. It can also be as large as the arm dealers that make profit by trading arm and diamond. The most important reflection is that people should not only live for money and personal interest. People should always try to do something good for the society. It is really the merit inside a human.

  85. Blood Diamond clearly depicts many of the issues we discussed this week in class, namely the difference between a nation taking advantage of another for resources and services, and a nation that trades with another. In this movie we saw how external demand (lets be realistic, most diamond demand does not come from Sub-Saharan Africa) can lead to disasterous national policies and practices. In this case demand for a piece of material that is chemically identical to Coal or Graphite causes governments to turn, rebels to imprison, chop off arms, and turn entire villages into prison camps to develop diamond mines.
    On the Other hand I am definately not ready to blame ‘DeBeers’ or foreigners for demanding precious gems. We need to see that this is the worst that globalization can bring, but in other situations, globalization brings real prosperity to both nations participating.

  86. This movie is really good. The story is about two Africans, Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary from Zimbabwe, and Solomon Vandy, a Mende fisherman, who have the same goal, that is, to recover a Pink Diamond, a kind of stone which can transform a life and vice versa. Solomon, who was forced to work in diamond fields, find an extraordinary gem and hides at great risk, knowing that if it is discovered then he will be killed instantly. But he also knew that the diamond could not only save his wife and daughters from the life of refugees but also help him to rescue his son, Dia, from working as a child soldier. But this truth was not hidden for long. Archer, who has been living by trading diamonds for arms, comes to know about it when he is in prison. For Archer, this diamond was the ticket to go out of Africa and away from violence and corruption of which he has been a part since so long.

    Now here is the entry of Maddy Bowen, an American journalist, who comes to uncover the truth behind conflict diamonds, exposing the complicity of diamond industry leaders who has chosen profits over principles. Bowen seeks out Archer as a source for her article, but soon finds out that it is he who needs her more. On the other hand, Archer needs Solomon to find and recover the valuable Pink Diamond, but Solomon seeks far more precious thing, that is, his son. But with Bowen’s help, Archer and Solomon go on a dangerous trek through rebel territory. After a stressful and difficult overnight trek, Solomon is reunited with his son but his son failed to recognize as he was brainwashed by the rebels. But in the end Archer, instead of keeping diamond with himself gives it back to Solomon and wish that he get back to home safely and then with the help of Bowen, Solomon trades the diamond to Simmons for two million pounds.

    This movie shows how underdeveloped countries survive and how much struggle they go through. A lot of illegal activities are going on in this movie and in real life I don’t think it’s a good option to risk your life for such activities. This movie is a good example of unethical business activities and also shows how money destroys a nation. It was really sad to see that kid was kidnapped and brainwashed all in for the cause of business. After watching this movie, one might think that the diamond he/she getting is a ‘Blood Diamond’. It might change the concept of Diamond in people mind.

  87. Shih-Ching Wang

    In the globalization 3.0 phase, not only companies but individuals and small groups join the globalization movement, which means the competition among companies is more and more intense. Companies have to decrease costs in order to maximize profits and to win in the highly competitive market. So, they start to produce in foreign countries, such as developing countries and the third world, where the labor cost is much cheaper than their host counties. Since most famous companies subcontract instead of building factories directly in the foreign countries, they don’t pay attention to how subcontractors treat their labors and what working environment they work in. Thus, we can hear the negative news, such as the sweatshops, children labors, unreasonably low salaries, and overtime working very often. Actually, these multinational companies should take responsibility for providing a safe working place and protecting labors. They can’t only focus on benefits from other countries, but ignore these significant issues. This is not ethical. However, nowadays, people emphasize company ethics more, so I believe those unethical issues,like blood diamons, will decrease gradually in the future.

  88. The movie is set during the Sierra Leone War in 1999 which shows the brutality of the war and atrocities of globalization. Solomon Vandy a fisherman is captured by the Revolutionary United Fronts rebels when they invade his village and is forced to work in the diamond fields. Solomon finds a diamond and hides it away and gets caught. But by sheer luck the rebels are attacked at the same time and he hides the diamond before being sent to jail where he meets Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary who trades diamonds for weapons. Archer needs to repay the diamonds to Colonel Coetzee. He overhears the captain of the rebels shout at Solomon and so befriends him and arranges release for the both of them. They then embark into a journey to look for the diamond. At this point of time Danny has befriended Maddy a reporter who wants to find thelink between Sierra Leone’s “blood diamonds” and companies in Europe and the United States.
    The movie shows the link between conflict diamonds, arms dealers, corrupt governments and western consumers. It shows how the rich companies take advantage of the poorer countries and use them for their benefits. It reminded me of another movie “Hotel Rwanda” that I had watched.

  89. This is the second time I see this movie, Blood Diamond. When the first time I saw this movie, I told myself I will never buy a diamond as a gift. This movie depicts the drawbacks and the chain reaction brought by the globalization/global trade. To maximize the profits and self-interests, the multi-country corporations or international traders can be thinking every single way to exploit the local people in undeveloped or developing countries. Whenever the corporations or individual only care about the self-interests without returning back to the host countries, the globalization brings the disasters to the human beings. Only when the corporation or individual seriously consider their social responsibilities while they are seeking their self-interests and profits, the globalization benefits the people in the whole world. And when people enjoy the luxury, like fur and diamond, we really need to think of the veiling backside. Do these luxuries good really bring you anything while you might be the one to help fire wars, exploit labors, or even kill animals? I would say the corporation need to be aware of its social responsibility in the international business and the consumers need to be aware of the influence of their demands to others.

  90. In telling the story of the supply chain of African conflict diamonds, Blood Diamond successfully invokes in the viewer deeper thoughts about the global supply chain of many of the products and services we consume on a daily basis. As much as we would like to believe we are aware of globalized supply chains, we are only aware of their existence on a superficial level. We rarely know the specifics. We don’t know who is prospering to create these products and we don’t know who is suffering because of their production. As consumers of globalized products, it is mostly our responsibility to demand transparency in corporations’ operations and hold them accountable for them through our collective consumption power.

  91. I was stunned watching the movie Blood Diamond especially because I am so fond of diamonds myself and was wondering how many people had to lay their lives for the stone on my finger. I completely agree with Sireesha that it requires awareness and responsible behavior to minimize the disadvantages of Globalization. And we are taught ethics in Management schools to make sure we the future of the corporate world also don’t adopt the same practices. The movie definitely shows advantages of Globalization in a way that how cheap labor can be procured but on the other hand how Industries to earn money and business forget to value human lives. Greed is definitely the mother of all evil.

  92. Lindsay Burleson

    When deciding on a career, I like to think about the trade off between time spent at the office and the money I would make. Would I really want to work 80 hours a week to make $80.000. Would I want to sacrific time spent with my family and friends for a higher paycheck?? After watching this movie, working 80 hours a week doesn’t sound so ridiculous. It’s amazing to think that people will sacrifice the lives of children, as well as their own life to make a buck. The feats they go through are incredible.
    Additionally, this movie reall shows the effects of globalization. In an area which is short on food and clean water, one can find expensive arms. In econonics class, the theoretical goods produced were guns and butter, its amazing to think Sierra Leone focuses mostly on the guns. This is most likely a result of the huge presence of developed countries in the area. London seems to be bringing weapons to exchange for diamonds. They ignore the impact their trade has on the local population. It makes a girl wonder if a diamond engagement ring is really as priceless as one may seem.

  93. What is the most precious thing in the world? A big diamond, a disclosed secret, or a son? Diamond, what we consider as luxury and a symbol of preciousness, in this movie represents the dark side in people’s heart. People can do anything at any costs to meet their greed and desire. In the movie, we can also see how globalization affects people in different regions. Indeed globalization does bring benefits as a whole. However, while some are being beneficial, some, like the worker in Africa, are suffering. “A diamond is forever.” After all the ugly truth, tears, bloods hidden behind it being disclosed, is it still true?

  94. George DeVardo

    Blood Diamond is an excellent movie that shows the horrors of the illegal blood diamond trade that so profitably comes out of Africa.

    It speaks to the dilemma of Archer who finds an opportunity to use the misfortune of a Sierra Leone native and the priceless pink diamond he finds, to Archer’s advantage. Yet down the line Archer rethinks his motives and ends up saving the man and his son’s life.

    This is an good display of how horrible it is for the countries who are effected by the diamond trade. Africa is already plagued with civil war and unrest but the smuggling and exploitation of this illegal industry only amplifies the situation and gives unjust tyrants like the RUF commander a reason to try and accomplish such an evil mission.

    This situation will never stop until the world addresses it, but that will never happen because of the demand for diamonds, and the fact that the industry will only get more profitable will only hinder the process even more. Right now money means more to the world than these citizens who are being slaughtered, and hopefully people start to realize what this industry does to the world, but by the looks of things it does not look like the majority of the world’s conscience will start to bother them and that is a sad fact.

  95. Shawuki G. Hilton

    The movie that I have currently finished watching is “Blood Diamond”. The movie is centered around the conflict of “blood diamonds” or the the issue that many of the diamonds in the US that are worn by individuals are made at the expense of someone’s arm, leg, thigh, or even life in some parts of Sierra Leone and Liberia. The main characters in the movie are played by Djiman Hounsou and Leonardo DiCaprio. Hounsou who has the occupation of a fisherman loses his family to a rebel R.U.F. group in the beginning of the movie. As the film progresses, viewers are exposed to the harsh reality that exists within these regions of the world. The limbs of individuals are severed, their lives are taken, and young children are converted into hate driven rebels. DiCaprio who is a smuggler looks to help Hounsou only because he has found out that Hounsou has found a rather large diamond in the mining fields. The movie ends with Hounsou being rejoined with his family and DiCaprio exposing one of the largest smuggle stories in history. Van De Camp which is the diamond company discussed in the movie is exposed to the public and are seen for their unethical practices.

    “Blood Diamond” is a movie that that portrays the unethical practices that we hear about on a daily basis in the news. I think what the director wanted viewers to see is that globalization has its severe downfalls. In this particular instance, it causes villages to be destroyed, homes to be lost, and lives to be taken. What makes this so intriguing is the painstaking correlation to real life occurrences. The powerhouse that America is in so many industries, sometimes negatively impacts so many other countries. Also, the fact that many people who are positions to do something who choose not to is also sad. Now, I I’m not expecting someone to walk into to Liberia or anywhere else where these actions occur and say stop it. I would at least expect a government within that region to stand up and fight to protect people’s rights. It is not fair that people benefit off the lives of others. Overall, I thought it was a good movie with a very powerful message.

  96. James Wilhelm

    This was a somewhat entertaining film. Truthfully, in terms of its usefulness as a business film, you could watch the first half and stop there. That said, the plot is engaging enough that it’s worth watching the second half as well. I generally take some notes of things I want to comment on as I watch these films, but I didn’t really write much for this one. The few notes I did take really got boiled down into two observations.

    The points made about the market for diamonds encouraging the kind of problems highlighted in the film is well taken. Clearly if no market for diamonds existed, no one would be killing to get them. That said, I’m sure they’d move on to killing people over some other resource, but that’s another matter entirely. As much as the point is, to an extent, a valid one, it strikes me as somewhat naïve at the same time. People are only aware of and believe those things that they wish to be aware of and believe. As a result, I think that people are unlikely to change their demand patterns based solely on the costs in terms of human suffering unless they are very overt. If there were an alternative to diamonds that generated greater utility for consumers, I suspect demand patterns would change considerably, but since our society has been grooming people to think of marriages and diamonds together like chocolate and peanut butter for a long time, I really don’t foresee that kind of change occurring.

    I grappled for a while with trying to decide why movies of this nature are beneficial. Clearly informing people of societal ills is a better game plan than not doing so, but the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of people are powerless to change society or existence in general on anything but the most minuscule of scales even in the event that their new found information causes them to view the world any differently. In the end I suppose that the awareness imparted by films of this nature provides some context in the event that someone is in a position to make a decision that affects society as a whole such that they are able to make a decision that benefits as many people as possible, or at the very least, keeps from crushingly repressing anyone. However, the cynical portion of mind, which is admittedly most of it, has to think that well-informed and morally robust people have been making wide-ranging decisions for as long a time as completely self-interested individuals have been doing the so, and we still continue to harbor serious societal ills. Perhaps one day as a society we’ll be able to get everything together and stamp out these sort of problems, but to paraphrase an episode of MASH, “I don’t think we’ll ever forget that day, but at the moment I can’t imagine it.”

  97. Matt Vivona

    “People will be people”. This quote by Danny Archer resonates loudly throughout the film. “Blood Diamond” is a microcosm of the business world. Either you are holding the diamonds or you are lying face down in the mud with a bullet in the back of your head. Everybody has their own agenda and everybody is using everybody else just to get theirs. Danny is using Solomon to get his diamond. Maddy is using Danny to publish a high-quality article. Van De Kamp is using Danny to help restrict the supply of diamonds. Bribes are paid to customs agents to illegally export the diamonds. Solomon even uses Van De Kamp to get his family back. People’s ambitions and the things they covet often lead them down a path of self-destruction. Even journalists with good intentions will sacrifice their principles by helping a diamond smuggler just to write a good story. Although you can’t condone the actions of the diamond companies, you can understand how market conditions would lead to such actions. By criminalizing the sale of “conflict diamonds” you will only increase demand due to the emergence of diamonds on the black market.
    Like Karl Marx once said “to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs”. Watching this movie isn’t going to affect the demand of diamonds. Nike hasn’t been hurt by its questionable sweatshops overseas. Wal-mart is still doing well despite the fact that they lock illegal immigrants in their stores. Most people don’t think about the slaughter houses when they are eating their chicken or hamburgers. If we did all Americans would be restricted to a diet that consisted of water and cigarettes. “T.I.A.” sums it up. Africa isn’t the Mecca of paradise that is romanticized by traveling agents. Africa is corrupted by greed that is strong enough to turn African against African. This is what “free trade” and “globalization” has done to the world. The “middle man”, which in this case happens to be the continent of Africa, often gets exploited so that the parent company in London or the United States can inflate its bottom line. This movie shows that there is no difference between the rebel leader in Africa and the clean cut white man with a perfect Windsor knot. We are all savages.

  98. Blood diamond is a greatly portrayed movie about the ruthlessness that occurs overseas in the attempt to find diamonds. Danny Archer, played by Leo DiCaprio, is a diamond smuggler that moves rocks from ruthless areas like Sierra Leone to other safe countries like Liberia. He encounters Salamon Vandy and together they try to smuggle a huge diamond out of the country while gathering his family together. Salamon uses this diamond as leverage and obtains a lot of money in the process.

    The ruthlessness that occurs in these countries is appalling. People loose limbs for small little pieces of shiny stone. Diamond dealers in the states and in Europe don’t care where these diamonds come from as long as they come. Along with the revolutionary groups like the RUF, everyone just wants to get rich, no matter who it affects. It is typical business in the world today. Most don’t care who they take down as long as they get rich. It is the world we live in however it doesn’t seem like anyone cares enough to change it. People want their diamonds for weddings and gifts and without direct laws and enforcement of them things will stay the way they are. Diamonds is just one business where the worker is exploited and society turns cold shoulder to. Danny Archer had said something right, “Sometimes I wonder… will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other? Then I look around and I realize… God left this place a long time ago.’

  99. Abraham Mizrahi

    Blood Diamond was very successful in exposing the everyday consumer to the concept of conflict diamonds. Behind the scenes of what appears to be a highly prestigious industry, exists a world of violence and corruption. The movie teaches us how unaware consumers are of the way that the businesses really operate. This concept applies with regards to issues of child labor, pollution and many others as well.
    The most interesting thing about the movie and the conflict diamond situation is that diamond companies have you believe that diamonds are actually more precious and rare than they really are. In reality the market is overflowing with diamonds coming out of conflict areas, and the companies are forced to buy them just to keep them out of the marketplace. If it weren’t for this movie I don’t think I would have been exposed to this side of the story. People are being tortured and killed in order to raise the price of diamonds.
    One of the main defenses typically used by companies that violate laws is market efficiency. They are doing so in order to offer consumers the fairest and best price for the product. However, with conflict diamonds, the goal is to produce a market that is completely inefficient. People are dying and consumers and not getting the fair price. People are losing on both sides of the spectrum.

  100. Lucy Gonzales

    Blood Diamond for all given reasons was described as controversial. Though, as mentioned by a previous response, only certain parts of the movie addressed business issues. For the most part, this movie seems to be about human ethics- focusing on “conflict diamonds.”The main business-like-subject portrayed by this film was that of corruption driven by promising profits for the diamond industry which in turn at times is backed by certain governments.
    The movie does a lot for a viewer, when speaking about emotions. “People back home wouldn’t buy a diamond if they knew it cost someone a hand,” says the reporter. If there is one thing a viewer should take from the film is to view diamonds differently and raise awareness of the many conflicts going on- it’s not as simple to say “TIA,” (this is Africa) as Danny in the movie put it. The saddest concept portrayed by the movie is that of the ridiculous corruption and the amount of suffering that occurs in Africa (and other third world countries) at the fault of those in “first world countries,” or greedy human beings. The truth of it is though, sure the movie may raise awareness but when it comes down to it few people will do anything about it. It has nothing to do with being good or bad but that society as a whole seems to be like that- we can compare the issue of conflict diamonds to global warming or any other events where many choose to not “deal with it.”
    Overall, a captivating movie with a strong message. Governments, diamond traders, arms manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, and others have to put together their efforts in order to continue the fight for peace, and create restrictions on corrupt practices.

  101. I think that this movie really shows what greed can do to people. If left unchecked, it can destroy lives, families, and nations. The most powerful example of this is when Solomon is finally reunited with his son. Solomon is overwhelmed with happiness, and even Danny seems proud to be part of the rescue. Unfortunately, the rebels had brainwashed him by this point and had incredible control over him, and he turns his weapon on his own father. Solomon must reason with his own young son not to kill him. No parent should ever have to do such a thing. Greed for money and blood diamonds had pushed people to become rebels and create a cult-like structure and treat children so poorly. In the beginning it shows children who have body parts cut off. Using and abusing the young minds and lives of children for their own goals of riches and material items is completely unacceptable. Government regulation and trade organizations need to regulate to ensure that greed does not define the world. Otherwise, our world will look like the situations described in this movie.

  102. Joseph Micale

    Blood Diamond does a good job in portraying the heinous crimes committed in Africa for conflict diamonds such as the rape and pillage of many African villages, the dismemberment of those who stand against the R. U. F. rebels. In addition, it brings to light just how unethical people can be when they want to make a profit. From a business standpoint it is obvious that Van de Kaap and his associates who purchase the conflict diamonds have no business ethics or corporate social responsibility. The fact that they knew the events that occur to get these diamonds, but continue to buy them shows that they think only from an economic level of social responsibility meaning that they only care about making a profit. Van de Kaap wants his customers to believe that his diamonds are completely rare and if the rebels sold all the diamonds they pillaged then his diamonds wouldn’t be worth nearly as much so he just kept buying the diamonds so that he could keep selling his diamonds at a high price even if that meant condoning the actions of the rebels and furthering the diamond war.

  103. Adam Stettner

    Blood Diamond was a good and combined with our discussion about the case competition in class sparked me thinking about supply chain. The movie showed the brutality that is behind the trade of diamonds, but what about other things that are not even as rare and prized by the worlds citizens. Whenever we are using or consuming something that has been brought to America through a long supply chain we don’t know the truth behind how it is originally procured and manufactured. A brand like free trade which uses producer run cooperatives is the only transparent shipment system I am aware of. The US’s strong regulations about production and labor standards are not global and everyday companies are sending production abroad. How as consumers can we be informed about the earlier end of supply chain in the global economy?

  104. Wei-Yoan Cheng

    Blood Diamond really exposes the unethical practices that we hear so much about in today’s business world to gain profits. The De Beers diamond cartel has brainwashed consumers with its “A Diamond is Forever” marketing campaign, making consumers believe that diamonds are rare and extremely valuable. The truth though, is that companies including De Beers purposely control the supply of diamonds to drive demand and prices. These companies show no social responsibility or ethical practices. Adults and children are fighting in wars and losing limbs to mine these conflict diamonds. But the companies do not care where they get their diamonds from, as long as they make a profit.

  105. The director, Edward Zwick, portrays directly how blood diamonds are diamonds paid in blood. This movie reminds me of “Hotel Rwanda,” which is about how one million people were brutally murdered within three months because of the civil war (between Hutu and Tutsi). “Blood Diamond” is another Hollywood movie that describes an African story full of death and violence and presents it with impressive truth.
    Diamonds are one of the most valuable natural resources on earth. And most diamond abundant countries are found in Africa, ironically also some of the poorest countries. Blood Diamond tells how this result can be possible and how diamonds are paid in blood. I’m glad that I am one of those people who became aware of the diamond controversy in Africa.

  106. Mitchell Ostrow

    Blood Diamond exposes a huge ongoing problem in Africa, as well as one that exists with social responsibility and ethics. It is hard to believe that greed can cause so many problems. The drive for diamonds has caused ruthless tribes to rise up in Africa that train children to be violent soldiers. The movie also sheds light on the companies that do business in Africa. Clearly they know what they are doing is wrong as they try to hide where they are getting the diamonds from.
    It is hard to see how the buyer of these diamonds, Van de Kaap, could justify what they were doing. Unfortunately some companies are only motivated by profit and ignore any negative implications their decisions may have.

  107. Joshua Frost

    Blood Diamond is about the pain and suffering caused by the fight for diamonds in Sierra Leone. Rival groups are killing one another to gain possession of these diamonds which they intend to sell to Americans. Van De Kaap is a jewelry company that knowingly purchases illegal diamonds for bargain prices. Watching this movie reminded me of the book I am reading for this class, in which Ravi Batra continually highlights how large corporations lobby for legislation that allows for sky high profits at the expense of social welfare. Although directly purchasing illegal blood diamonds is clearly a more appalling offense their are similarities worth noting. Thousands of Africans are involved in the pursuit of these diamonds and in the end a few businessmen far removed from the horror, reap massive benefits.

  108. Candice Schortemeyer

    Blood Diamond is a very sad movie about the wars in Africa over diamonds. It’s sad because the Africans are killing themselves over these rocks that are really worth nothing more than the value we have given them. It’s horrible to think that something like that can happen. Because we have given them such a high value, the African people are killing each other just to find one.

    There are two parts in the movie that I thought were very interesting. The first part was when the so called safe government soldiers were aiming their guns at Solomon and his son threatening to kill them if Solomon didn’t dig up the diamond and give it to them. The government is suppose to be the one that the African people could trust yet they too were also in on the diamond wars. The second part was when the man in London who was buying the diamond from Solomon was able to find and bring his family back to London. It shows how powerful one person can be. It seems wrong that just because he was high up in the diamond industry he was able to make a few phone calls and bring them home. Solomon risked his life several times to get his family back yet one phone call from someone with money and in the right industry brings them back. It also seems wrong that while people are dying in Africa over these diamonds, other people around the world are getting rich from it.

  109. Miriam Zafrani

    Blood Diamond is a powerful movie on ethical issues. The film is essentially about the trading of diamonds to finance terrorism or other violent acts during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999. Men, particularly in Africa, were enslaved to work in the diamond fields. They worked in horrible conditions and were treated as animals. They worked in these fields under the corrupt government and rebels of Africa who traded in the blood diamond market. The blood diamond market is a huge controversy today because diamond companies such as DeBeers do not want to be seen as promoting terrorist organizations. Many people are killed in the diamond trade and diamond companies still continue to participate in the trade. This movie brings awareness to the actual cost of a diamond; which can be a person’s life. Before this film I never knew the history of diamond trading. I think it is important for people to see that even in the 21st century there are corrupt practices. It is no surprise to me that the way the diamond market is operated the corruption continues.

  110. Money is the root of all evil, as the movie demonstrates that greed drives people to do horrible things. Blood Diamond exposes the truth of the diamond industry and how this market is really created by diamond executives. They want the consumers to believe a diamond is a rare stone when in fact it is not. They buy back diamonds in order to keep demand high but supply low and thus drive up prices and profits. It is incredible how these people could sleep at night when they know all about the atrocities related to the illegal drug trade. The diamond industry is another example of capitalist imperialism where wealthy nations are parasites to poor nations by draining all their natural resources and leaving its host to deteriorate. In one scene, an old man says, “Just hope they don’t find oil.“ The movie also reveals the intricate system of the illegal diamond trade, what seemed like a transparent supply chain is filled with secrets kept behind the scenes to the general public. The movie is great to bring awareness to consumers about the horrors behind each diamond. But sometimes consumers are too oblivious to care because it does not affect them enough.

  111. For thousands of years, diamonds have been an internationally recognized symbol of love, romance and marriage. However, a portion of the world’s diamonds come from areas where war and blood shed are an every day occurrence. The movie “blood diamond” Set in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s civil war. It revolves around a diamond smuggler Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary who can go to any length to possess a pink diamond found by Solomon Vandy, a fisherman. Vandy is a victim of the civil war who is captured and separated from his family by a rebel group.
    Blood Diamond brings the issues of civil war that Sierra Leone has seen into the spot light instead of the world perhaps not knowing and not remembering some of the atrocities that Africa has seen.
    In today’s world, Globalization helps out countries and brings them prosperity, especially for rapid growth and poverty reduction in some developing countries, but in this movie, what I see that globalization has brought poverty and brutal blood to Africa society. Many innocent men, women and children are dead because of these priceless “stones”. Greed becomes the foundation for misery. From another perspective, I think that we should pay more attention to the international business ethics.
    In a word, this movie is worth viewing, as a reminder if nothing else of our ability to wreak havoc on our neighbors.

  112. Stephanie Crandall

    Blood diamond did an excellent job portraying for consumers what really goes on “behind the scenes” in an industry as powerful as the diamond industry. People place such a high value on diamonds because they believe that they are so rare when in fact they are actually quite abundant. Innocent people are killed in the effort to bring these diamonds to the American consumer; something that is never thought about when purchasing them. People probably paint a more glamorous picture in their minds about the exotic place that the diamonds they are buying were found in, not knowing the real story of the pain and death that surrounds the industry. I think that after people watch this movie they will think differently about diamonds and look past the labels that have been created for them and remember the corruptness of this industry. These unethical practices are probably not unique to this industry but translate into other areas as well. It’s unfortunate that it takes watching movies like this to learn the truth about them.

  113. Melissa Mandras

    Many may see the term globalization as a positive term for businesses. As students, we learn that being able to gain supplies cheaper in different parts of the world as being profitable for the company, which is always good. Blood diamond though changes this thought process. The movie uncovers the evil side of increasing the “bottom line”, and enviels how cheap labor is definitely not always the ethical thing to do. In the movie we previously watched, The Corporation, they exposed some of the more unethical practices made by companies abroad, and Blood Diamond does nothing other than solidify these accusations. As the world becomes more and more interconnected economically and financially, I think this movie showed how we need to be a more global world when it comes to human rights and business ethics. In the movie I believe it is unethical to treat workers the way they were treated, and also unethical to portray the diamond market to consumers in a completely different fashion than what is reality. This movie is completely relevant for any business student to see, to know how one’s decisions on just wanting to make more money have repercussions on other parts of the world, especially in today’s world.

  114. Daniel Garroway

    Blood Diamond is a perfect example of the horrific reality that exists in areas of Africa. The movie shows how diamond mining companies operate in ways that are completely illegal and unethical. Companies are profiting off of the brutality and murder occuring in Africa. “The government says the future is in your hands, so, we take your hands.” This is a quote from the movie that describes how violent and cruel the diamond mine operations are. The image that people are fed through diamond commercials here in America is that of luxury and passion often portrayed through a couple romantically sitting by a fire. It is known that not every diamond coming into America is derived through such horrible means, but there is no method of keeping track of the diamonds and where they came from. “Blood Diamond” shows that the diamonds all Americans obsess over come from a terrible background and are forever stained with the blood of innocent bystanders.

  115. Blood Diamond, directed by Edward Zwick, shows us how diamond illegally and unethically produced in Africa. In the present real world, it happens not exactly same way but it happens similar way to get profit without thinking ethical, and care about others. To get a beautiful diamond on our finger, there are many people to bleed unnecessarily by some of people who are so much greed to maximize their profit without mercy. All of business movie that we watch in this course give us an idea that what we have to focus on when we have make a right decision as manager in the real world. Last one I would like to mention about Blood Diamond is relationship between developed country and undeveloped country. County which has more weapons sale their weapon to country which are in the civil war, and western country get blood diamonds to have a profit. I feel so sorry to people who abused by people who has a gun and power. However, it happens over times.

  116. Blood Diamond is both an entertaining and an accurate portrayal of how far people will go to attain the cheapest possible resources to maximize their profits. In blood Diamond we actually see the negative effects of Globalization as people are actually buying and selling diamonds that have cost lives or in this particular film, an arm or hand. Globalization is generally thought as to be positive because it allows the people to search worldwide for the cheapest resources but when circumstances become this extreme where it leads to war or militia armies taking over the people who don’t have weapons to depend themselves, things have gone way to far. This movie and the concepts we have talked about throughout this class intertwine and correlate on a number of levels which is why this is a productive film.

  117. Kevin Mushett

    Blood Diamond brings us into the world of illegal diamond trade that takes place in Africa and throughout the world. The companies that take place in this businesses are conducting business in a manor that is not only unethical but also illegal. While the goal of most business is to operate and to produce goods and services at the lowest cost, there is a line that exists. This line is deffinatly crossed in this film as slaves are used in the diamond fields by those in power. While not all diamonds are produced by situations like these, there is still a stigma that exists since it is sometimes hard to differentiate “blood diamonds” from others. This film is very important for present times because it shows the extent that corruption and illegal activities (slavery) are still in existence today and still need to be addressed. For me this film opened my eyes on the realities of what actually takes place in the diamond industry.

  118. Sean Stetttin

    Blood Diamond was a very eye opening film. Before seeing this movie, I had no idea that anything like this took place. Leonardo DiCaprio’s amazing performance allowed the audience to get a realistic view of the illegal African diamond trade. This led me to come to a few realizations. First, now I think about how any valuable item gets to where it is today. How many people die so a woman can where a diamond on her finger? Also, it allows me to picture how vast the earth is, with scenarios like this probably happening all over the world with drugs and other illegal trading operations. I’m glad I got to see this movie from a business viewpoint and also just as a viewer enjoying a revealing film.

  119. Inessa Kylymar

    The movie “Blood Diamond” is about illegal exporting of diamonds from Africa. The movie brings out some very good points about globalization and ethical issues. It shows that in order to find diamonds people are used like slave and child labor is in the place. During the war, the diamonds are used to finance it: to buy guns and other military stuff. The main character Danny Archer mentioned in his dialog that the main reason for the war is to get more out of it: oil, ivory and diamonds. Big people are involved in smuggling, who doesn’t care how diamonds get to the point, even if it involves hundreds of deaths. I found very interesting the point that Archer made while talking to the journalist Maddy. He said that everybody is involved in what’s happening in Africa; even girls, who want diamonds cheaper. You can apply that concept to the whole globalized world, as the reason for outsourcing and exporting is to get cheaper product.

  120. Michele Loo

    Blood Diamond is a revealing movie about the current problems in the diamond industry. When people think of diamonds, they think of beautiful, shiny, expensive jewelry; when in fact, ordinary people in Africa are forced with the burden of mining these rare minerals in the dangerous warzones of their country. This movie follows the supply chain of diamonds, from their mining in Sierra Leone to their purchasing by big companies. Globalization has enabled countries like the US to purchase diamond from countries like Africa, however this brings up lots of ethical issues. Big diamond companies know that the diamonds they buy are conflict diamonds, but they buy them anyway. Though globalization is usually advantageous for developed countries, we see from this movie that developing countries are often left with the short end of the stick. This movie has made me realize what is happening in the world, and has brought to light the real story behind diamonds. Though diamonds may look perfect and beautiful in a store, its journey to that store display is far from perfect.

  121. Julio Romero

    Blood Diamond was a fascinating movie that puts an image on the actuality of the horrors that is going on in Sierra Leone. It is intriguing because it shows how different people with different intentions play different roles in the struggle. Danny, played by Leo Dicaprio, claims he is “just providing a service”. He can be desbribed as a cynic, and claims that he is no better or worse than anyone else involved in the diamond trade and that he cannot change it. One interesting point Danny makes in the movie is when he tells the reporter, “You sell blood diamonds too”. He is making a point that it is the “spoiled American girls who want a storybook wedding and a big rock” who create the demand for these blood diamonds.
    One important thing to take from this movie is that the actions we take here in America have implications, sometimes horrifying ones, all around the globe. It is imperative that when we conduct business, we do not separate business and morality.

  122. Anton Brovchenko

    “Blood Diamond” is a film portraying the business of conflict diamonds and the effect this has on the people of Africa. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Archer, a diamond smuggler, Djimon Hounsou as Solomon Vandy, a man captured and forced to mine for diamonds, and Jennifer Connelly as Maddy Bowen, an American journalist trying to document the business of blood diamonds. Although “Blood Diamond” is an action movie, it makes an important point about the way business is conducted. As globalization continues, companies find cheaper ways of not only obtaining raw materials but also assembling their products. Many products that were once made in the United States, for example, are now made overseas by cheap laborers under sub-standard working conditions. “Blood Diamond” shows how one product in particular, namely diamonds are “produced” cheaply and then sent overseas to be sold. These laborers often die at work mining diamonds for big companies like DeBeers although a diamond is a symbol of purity and class throughout the world. Although the conditions in factories that produce shoes may not be as bad as in Sierra Leone, a number of ethical issues still exist for companies that shift production to other countries. Many corporations, including Nike, have come under attack by groups claiming they do not monitor the conditions in the factories that produce their products overseas and there has been, at least as far as the consumer is told, a move to improve these standards.

  123. Katherine Han

    The Blood Diamond portrays the devastating side of the food chain in diamond mining process. I, as a female, remember the scene of the movie called the Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Audrey Hepburn looks at the diamond necklaces in the display window of the Tiffany. There has always been great demand for diamond as there even is a song called “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” As we all have learned in intro to macroeconomics, if there’s a demand, there has got to be a supply to meet its demand. As globalization goes on, firms want to lower the cost to have greater profit. The Blood Diamond portrayed the innocent and the guilty involved in this illegal distribution of diamond. The plot is based on two characters; Solomon, an African who becomes enslaved to work in the diamonds fields, and Danny, a Rhodesian mercenary, trades arms for diamonds with an RUF commander. Danny makes a deal with Solomon which he helps Solomon find his family back and in return he gets a giant raw diamond that Solomon buried in the ground. The movie tells that the conflict stones are accounted for 15% of the market at that time. Diamond food chain in this movie is as follows; the rebels need money for arms and to finance civil war; they enslave innocent townsmen to mine stones; those stones are then smuggled into the US market; and the raw stones are beautifully cut and go into the consumer’s hand. What struck me the most was, a large percentage of diamond that is so beautiful was mined by the poor and innocent slaves of Africa. Even after the Kimberly agreement which certify the origin of diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds, illegal diamonds are still being smuggled into the market. It is up for consumer to insist that a diamond is conflict free.

  124. Diamond is one of the most beautiful things in the world which symbolized purity and nobility. Many people are crazy about this little stone. However, very few people know the story behind of these beautiful stones, where it came from and how did it come from? The move “blood diamond” directed by Edward Zwick gave us these answers. In this movie, we saw how these diamonds were produced unethically and illegally in Africa, and how many people were killed for these diamonds. From the business perspective, the ethical issues of the international business and globalization became the main part of this movie. When the international companies did business with the other countries, they should take their social responsibility for the local people and the environment. They couldn’t just only focus on the profit. However, in the real world, most companies still put the profit maximization as the primary goal. Like in this movie, today so many illegal diamonds still were purchased and sold in our market. It’s the time to make right choices between the profit and morality.

  125. abusinessprofessor

    Interesting comments! Here’s some information from NYT (Feb 9, 2005) that some may find interesting:

    “In 2003 … $20.5 billion in diamonds and diamond jewelry was sold in the United States, according to the Jewelers of America, up nearly 10 percent from $18.7 billion two years before… Eighty-three percent of the brides in the United States say that they want a diamond engagement ring – and their grooms, in turn, spent $4.3 billion last year on them. And diamonds have spread well beyond engagement rings.
    Right-hand rings are promoted to women looking to flaunt their independence. Pop stars like Sean Combs wear watches with 1,200 cut stones on their faces that cost tens of thousands of dollars.”

    And who sells these diamonds?

    “Mom-and-pop stores are being squeezed by giant chains like Wal-Mart Stores, now the world’s largest jeweler, and Costco, which increasingly sells diamonds over two carats. Department stores, too, are upgrading their jewelry counters.”

    Companies in the diamond business are integrating vertically:

    “Some dealers are doing their best to capture both the wholesale and retail ends of the business. Aber, a Canadian diamond company that owns 40 percent of the Diviak mine not far from the Arctic Ocean, bought the controlling interest last spring in Harry Winston, the Fifth Avenue jeweler.
    De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer, has opened a shop on Old Bond Street in London and three locations in Tokyo, and now plans to open its first shop in the United States, on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, in mid-June, according to a spokeswoman.
    Kwiat, with offices in the diamond district, used to confine itself to importing and polishing diamonds. Now, the family-owned company, like many on 47th Street, is branching out. It has begun selling diamonds laser-branded with its own crown logo; two weeks ago, the company introduced its own diamond earrings, brooches and rings.”

    And why is this integration taking place?

    “”If you’re making only a few dollars at each level, the more levels you have, the better,” Mr. Fischer, the diamond importer, said. “You make a little on the jewelry, a little bit on the diamonds.”
    Like the Kwiat family, Mr. Fischer has just started producing his own line of diamond jewelry, in partnership with a designer. “I am indicative of what’s going on,” he said. “Ten years ago, I could never have envisioned – What, me? Making jewelry?”
    And the old owners of Harry Winston may not have envisioned themselves catering to the walk-in customer. Until a few months ago, customers were ushered through wrought-iron double doors into a reception room with only one desk, where a beautifully groomed associate asked if they had an appointment. The stores are now more approachable. Entering the reception room, customers are free to browse through showcases featuring several pieces priced under $5,000″

    So, why are margins getting squeezed in the diamond business? It’s the internet, honey!

    “… online sales of all jewelry rose to $1.9 billion during the 2004 Christmas season, more than doubling from $900 million the year before, according to Bear Stearns… There is a tremendous debate, a confrontation, on how to cope with the Internet presence. It’s a very, very hot-button topic.
    In January, the International Jewelry Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan featured a panel discussion titled Threat: Internet Diamond Supersellers.
    Mr. Rappaport said that merchants “know that the diamond business is changing in ways that threaten their very existence, but they don’t know what to do about it.”
    The discounters and Internet sites do not sell just cheap diamonds. The average price for an engagement ring on bluenile.com is close to $5,000 – about twice the national average – and one sold for $257,000 last fall, said Mark Vadon, Blue Nile’s founder and chief executive.”

    Oh..anyway, we are talking hard-core business issues related to the dimaond business. You can read the NYT article for more details. But before I close, what about the “conflict diamonds” from Africa:

    “The industry recently sought to dispense with one of its biggest scandals: introducing a warranty program aimed at cutting off the retail supply of “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds” – those mined in Angola and Sierra Leone by revolutionaries bent on using diamond profits to buy bombs and guns. ”

    So, this ‘step’ away from conflict diamonds, must be due to pressure from consumers. You must be kidding! Here’s how customers who buy diamonds think:

    “I never thought I’d get married, even though my parents were married for 40 years,” he said. “She swept away all my resolve, and now I want to buy her something – not gaudy and huge – but something she’d be happy to wear for a long time.”

  126. Alexandra Roseman

    Blood Diamond was a scary movie. It is terrifying that everyday people’s lives are sacrificed for diamonds and other natural resources. The rebels and the companies who sell the “blood diamonds” are following extremely unethical business practices. They are imperialists who disregard any notions of human rights in order to acquire Sierra Leone’s natural diamond resources for monetary profit. I thought it was interesting that the rebels who retained the diamonds kept much of their stock hidden away from the market to maintain a favorable supply and demand situation in the diamond trade. It was also interesting that these same rebels kidnapped and brainwashed children to assimilate them into their army.

    I believe that it is important for movies like Blood Diamond to exist, however I cannot say how much it can really change what is going on. Although awareness is always the first step in solving an awful situation, awareness alone is not enough to solve anything. People who have watched this film are now aware of the unethical practices they may be participating in when buying diamonds, but I do not think many of them would take the time and effort to actually check where their diamonds have come from or to abstain from buying more diamonds. Ultimately, I do not think this film will impact the demand for diamonds, but I’m glad that I now know more about the trade.

  127. Kenneth Choy

    Director Edward Zwick delivers a surprisingly strong film, which centers on the African diamond trade. Great performances from Leonardo di Caprio and Djimon Hounsou help make the film what it is (though di Caprio’s South African accent was more than just a little distracting). This is coming from a director who’s last film, The Last Samurai, was a Hollywood action flick disguised in a shallow attempt at drama. I find Zwick’s characters to continually be cliché. He does better with Blood Diamond, a film that actually has the stomach to explore a brutal and exploitative industry. Di Caprio plays the savvy, tough mercenary, interested in finding the massive diamond that Honsou’s character has hidden. Honsou, of course, plays the caring father who is only interested in finding his son and could care less about the diamond. The film ends predictably, redeeming the main character of his initial greedy and uncaring disposition. Aside from these criticisms, however, the film does an excellent job of revealing the wicked atrocities associated with the blood diamond trade. Western countries, try as they might, will probably never know the full scope of the corruption and violence. Zwick directs the film well, despite its overdone, distracting, and cliché action plot. Time will only tell if he is capable of maturing beyond the Hollywood norm.

  128. Angela Zhu

    Many people purchase diamonds because of it flawless beauty and it rarity; however not many knew about its horrible supply chain of how these precious stones get to the consumers. I personally did not know until the movie came out in 2006. The global demand of diamonds have corrupted what used to be an innocent chain of mining for diamonds. Money draws greed and when there is much to make, the process in which to get the money will always get muddy as goes with a lot of other lucrative industries (i.e. banks). In the case of diamonds, since this takes place in pretty much unknown and small country, activities there can be easily masked. With demand for these stones increasing, many choose to ignore the cost that comes with how many lives had been lost to mine the engagement ring Joe got for his fiancé. Although this movie will not stop people from buying anymore diamonds, but hopefully it will bring light to supply chains of goods to rid the masked problems that may come with the complicated demands that come with globalization.

  129. Jonathan Ravin

    I found Blood Diamond, directed by Edward Zwick, to be an extremely entertaining movie with also a lot of important points to make. While it is obviously very Hollywood influenced for box office purposes it bring some important issues to the forefront. The movie mainly touches on the corruption and devastation cause by the blood diamond trade as well as the tense dynamic between white and black Africans involved to different degrees. Many people were probably unaware of the sheer violence and human toll that has been cause by diamonds they love until watching this movie. The demand for diamonds has caused many in Africa to turn against each other in an attempt to take hold of the diamond trade and the money that comes with it. The exploitation of the people caught in the middle of this fighting has largely been ignored because of where it is taking place. The issues involved with this corrupt business are not highly advertised or made available. Hopefully those who see this movie will at the least consider the costs to many that may have occurred the next time they are making a diamond purchase. Something clearly should be done to control the businesses encouraging destruction of these people for their own profit.

  130. Alfred Chau

    “Blood Diamond” was a movie that hit home for me, partly because of the support that we as consumers give to the diamond industry. For me, personally, I had just bought a pair of diamond earrings not too long ago for my girlfriend’s birthday. To find out that the earrings that I had purchased had possibly incurred all that bloodshed in order to get to where it is today was a disturbing notion. The idea of globalization is brought up as something which is a growing concept by large corporations, such as DeBeers, who go into less developed countries and take advantage of their lack of resources and exploit them. What is more disturbing is the fact that people have watched the movie and have been exposed to the dangers that take place in order for a diamond to be produced and sold, yet the message the movie was trying to convey across about the dangers of globalization on underdeveloped countries will fall on deaf ears once the movie has finished. Seeing as how the diamond industry is an extremely lucrative business that will remain profitable so long as there are “spoiled American girls who want a storybook wedding and a big rock,” it is sad to see that it happens at the expense of so many people.

  131. Tim Lixfield

    Yet another great movie. I think every woman should watch this movie and see if they ever ask me for a diamond again. Like in the other movies, this is a pure example of greed. People will do anything to make money for themselves, as long as it is at the cost of someone else. When we think of globalization we think of the benefits, but this film points out the horrible things of globalization as well. While watching this film, I thought of the Navarro’s novel, The Coming China Wars. In a sense, Blood Diamond depicts the Blood for Oil wars. This movie shows how these rich, profitable companies can so easily take advantage of those who have nothing, and use them. This movie is a great example of the problems of globalization that we need to address, because they are happening in this movie, and in real life.

  132. abusinessprofessor

    The WSJ of Nov. 17 had an article about the diamond business- “Diamond miners band together”. The article discussed some challenges the diamond industry is facing, and explicitly referred to the movie “Blood Diamond”. The relevant section is copied-pasted below:

    ‘The industry also is contending with what Mr. Dabson called “ethical consumerism,” the linking of diamonds to war, corruption and environmental degradation. The industry participates in the Kimberley Process, an effort to ensure that diamonds traded internationally aren’t used to finance rebel groups.

    The industry needs protection for “when we’re hit by a crisis like the ‘Blood Diamond’ movie,” said BHP Billiton marketing director Chris Ryder, referring to the 2006 Leonardo Di Caprio film about diamond mining in war-torn Sierre Leone.

    He also said the industry needs to mount general “demand defense.” De Beers, the biggest diamond producer, has said it would reduce its advertising budget, worrying executives throughout the industry. The big miners have discussed a collaborative $200 million ad campaign, but have yet to commit.’

  133. Kattyuska Stamenovic

    This movie is a great example of corruption in third world countries and how businesses can manipulate the supply curve by making diamonds less available. It is unfortunate that these things happen in the world and that thousands of people die due to the greed of some unethical businesses. This movie is also a perfect example of how some businesses eliminate their competitors and created a monopoly. But, overall this movie makes people think about where the things they get such as diamonds come from and the damages it may have caused such as in the movie all of the political turmoil the “conflict diamonds” were bringing to the nation. This movie also explains how globalization cannot only be a good thing but it can also be a bad thing bringing devastation to some third world countries.

  134. The diamond industry has been glorified for its apparently “rare” and beautiful products. However, the world never sees how those diamonds travel through the supply chain. Nor do they see the corruption, murder, and blood that are sacrificed in order for the diamond to reach the hand of the consumer, and for the money to reach the hands of the supplier. “Blood Diamond” does a great job of capturing a vivid image of how conflict diamonds are blended into the market.
    Unethical issues are constantly arising throughout the movie. The process of getting diamonds to India incorporates smuggling, abuse of labor, murder, corruption, and much more. Although De Beers is well aware of the issues occurring in Africa, they do nothing about it since they are reaping all the benefits. They just use the concept of globalization to drain third world countries from their valuable resources. With money and power in return, the R.U.F. rebels will easily supply such diamonds for a low cost. It is a ruthless cycle in which the innocent suffer and the wrong benefit.

  135. Globalization raises ethical issues for companies because raw materials are being supplied by a country whose population is extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Natural resources are especially prone to exploitation because once they are discovered, it immediately presents the population with a great deal of new decisions. Everyone wants to get rich and those who are ruthless usually succeed. Is it up to the companies who have an interest in the resource to ensure it is not exploited? Blood Diamond attempts to answer this question with a resounding “yup”.
    The movie presents the case of diamonds. How does a company like Van Der Kaap make good decisions when their product directly engenders civil war and rebel conflict? The easiest way to make the “right” decision concerning their raw materials is to avoid conflict zones. During the movie, that is exactly what Van Der Kaap agreed to do. Then along came Soloman Vandy with – according to Danny Archer – a 100 karat, pink diamond. Archer said that Van Der Kaap would buy that pink diamond, even though it came from a conflict zone, Sierra Leone, and even though it was discovered in a rebel camp because it was valuable to Van Der Kaap.
    Globalization has handed companies a great deal of responsibility, which if not handled correctly, brings severe, and in this case, fatal consequences for those on the supply side. The problem with globalization is that it separates not only the company, but also the buyers from the source. Archer tells Maddy Bowen that she sells blood diamonds too when American girls want to have the big fancy wedding and the big shiny rock, and it’s true. If a company’s product looks clean and shiny when it’s sold, why would the buyer know anything about the supply chain? And why would they care to ask? In order to compete in a globalized market the costs need to be low and the costs are lowest when labor doesn’t have any power. Van Der Kaap, as a for-profit company, has no interest in regulating the relationship between the government, or in the case of Sierra Leone, circa late-1990s, R.U.F. rebels and their workers/slaves. Blood Diamond attempts to dissipate the notion that what you don’t know can’t hurt you by showing you what you don’t know. Granted, Blood Diamond is a Hollywood movie (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, what a dreamboat), but it does raise legitimate questions about the lifestyle our culture tells us to strive towards.

  136. I saw this movie once before but I only caught it halfway into the movie. I was a little confused at first but it was easy to figure out the major themes such as; corruption, greed, and globalization even without seeing the whole movie. Watching it again now from the beginning helped fill in some of the gaps. It’s very tragic that this is the reality that some people live in. I just couldn’t understand how people could brainwash innocent children to become killing machines for their own selfish purposes.

  137. I’m going to work on it…I’ll see if I can come up with something… This is really fun.

  138. Carrie Jalovick

    This movie presents globalization and ethics in a interesting way. Van der Kapp is an international diamond company that has agreed to stop using diamonds from conflict areas as those diamonds promote war and civil unrest murder etc. Van der Kapp also in the movie keeps most of the diamonds in underground vaults to keep the supply low and the prices high. The diamond that the movie revolves around is a ten karat “pink diamond” but it was found in a conflict zone so it is off limits, however people are greedy and know what a diamond like that costs. Van De Kapp buys the diamond even though they know it is from a conflict area. it also shows the globalization in how the diamonds go from one country to another and eventually the conflict diamonds and non conflict diamonds all end up in the same place. The ethics of the diamond company were only on paper they were still known blood diamonds and they were buying diamonds fromm all over the world and keeping most of them to keep the supply down.

  139. Kaitlin Johnsen

    Blood Diamond offers a unique look at not only a terrible situation in a foreign land, but a glimpse into our societies disregard. With all the knowledge we have about the conflicts diamond mining causes we still as a society desire the stones for mere fashion or as status symbols.
    With the high concentration of diamond miners towards oligopolistic markets, the power of these companies is vast and unyielding. It is clear through watching this film, the bottom line is clearly written with dollar signs as precursors. The men who control these companies are ruthless and desire nothing but profit completely neglecting those who live in the diamond rich areas.
    While much can be said about the tremendous performances in the film, I can not seem to see past the application of the film to our modern lives. With all the ontelligence we as a society have gathered. ot boggels ones mind to contemplate a situation where cognizant individuals would desire a product that has directly led to blood shed.

  140. Horrified is a bit of an understatement about how I felt while watching this. On-the-one-hand it is difficult to understand how this type of thing even happens in Africa. How does the persuasion of the outside globalization cause so much havoc on this war-torn continent? On-the-other-hand, the blame falls largely upon us. If it were not for us demanding the diamonds for the lowest possible price, it most likely would have resulted in more peaceful exchange. We could have had leverage in the way the diamonds were extracted. We could have held ourselves to a higher standard. However, this is not a very popular trend in international business. What we should do and what we actually do are sometimes (read often) inconsistent with each other. Our business leaders are very creative in looking the other way on business practices concerning the make of their product. They tolerate, encourage, and demand low wages for those making their products over-seas. While this may cut costs here in America (or just line corporate pockets), it cuts wages for workers and families in other countries.

    Capitalism has created a drive and innovation that helps produce great products that make us shine. However, when this leads us to encourage conditions similar to Blood Diamond, there should be more emphasis on moral and ethical responsibility upon our corporate leaders, and upon us as consumers. Globalization has been a good thing as far as imports and exports, but this should never allow us to encourage depraving a nation just for a product: diamonds, oil, Nike shoes..etc. How can you justify wearing a pair of Jordan’s when you may be indirectly causing a Chinese worker to be overworked and underpaid, or possibly that his children be put into forced child-labor? Consequently, it is in both the hands of the corporations and consumers to keep business practices ethical. These things do not happen on their own. While corporate types should be leading the way towards ethical business practices, they will let things go. It is then our jobs as consumers to actually care and not encourage ill-gotten gains. This may take being informed, but the result will be better for everyone in the end.

  141. By giving a snapshot of what is going on in the diamond trading business, the movie shows that many multi-billion corporations are successful and profitable because of various cost advantage they can create from the trades with developing countries such as Africa. Indeed, the cheap supply of raw diamond stones from Sierra Leone helps the diamond business stay sumptuous. Not only taking advantage of dirt cheap cost to import illegal diamond from Sierra, the movie uncovers how the company keeps huge amount of diamonds shield from the market in order to maintain the price of diamond very high. It is shocking to see that even though a company’s profit is depended on the condition in these developing countries to a great extent, it seems that the company treats their negative impact on these places as almost irrelevant. There is a saying, “Sweep the trouble under the carpet,” and many corporations have been following this kind of idea for so long because the bottom line is that most of us are so busy worrying about our own lives, and the horrible thing going on behind the curtain is effectively covered up through marketing strategy. However, in the modern society where information transfers around the world so quick that hopefully a company will not be able to hide the inconvenient truth for too long any more.
    Also, it is shocking to see how diamonds are imported with the alliance of violent RUF rebels by giving them sophisticated weapons as an exchange. The movie does great job of showing how these RUF armies are also the victim of the civil war and unstable government. It is true that without the illegal diamond trafficking, rebels will still come up with other ways to import weapons and destruct the life of ordinary African people. It is still disastrous to watch villages being attacked and people being killed for the sake of diamond mines.
    There are some students suggested that humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF should introduce more strict law enforcements on foreign corporations and watch for diamond smuggling and illegal labor trafficking within the country. Also, the tariff on imported diamonds from these African countries should be raised so that the local people could receive more benefits from the rare natural sources which certainly they deserve. In addition to that I would suggest that one of the most important things we should keep in mind is that as citizens of a developed country, we should pay more attention to where the products we purchase every day are coming from. Especially, if it is imported from third world countries, we need to care about the condition of human right and labor in those places. Most of the companies are very sensitive to the changing trend of demand, so I believe positive change should be also coming from individual consumer.

  142. Donelle Bailey

    Blood Diamond is the epitome of the underhanded side of business. Nobody cares about the process as long as it’s done and they can make a profit then by all means it should be done. This movie really opened my eyes to the greed of consumers. I just hope that after seeing this movie they will become aware of the affect that their demand has on the people of underdevelop countries. Not saying that they should stop buying diamonds, but they should consider buying diamonds that were mined under more ethical conditions.

  143. Denzel White

    This movie made me angry. I know that I’m a part of it as well because I love material things. These precious stones cause so much destruction in the world. I think this movie forces people to open their eyes and see all the madness that the diamond mining causes. The business men are ruthless and have no regard for the well being of the individuals who live in these diamond rich areas! All that is important is profit. When watching this film, it’s hard to forget that this actually happens in the world. This film has open my eyes to how brutal things can become in regards to business. It’s so unethical to the point where it’s sad. But what can we do? Money is being made and it seems like that’s all that matters.

  144. Blood diamond in Africa is just a one tiny tip of the iceberg to show how big corporation seeks higher profit by using unethical means. Even in the ecnonmic explosion area such as China, despite a lot of american companies set up factories and create a huge employment opportunities to the country labor. From time to time, we learnt from the news that the labor are treated like nothing. They did not provide any safety in their workplace, they work almost 20 hours a day and earn a wage that wasn’t good enough to pay a day of our tuition. And we, so called the fortunate population, are actually the one who indirectly support the companies to do such a dirty work behind the scene.

    We have seen one side through the movie, but we also have to admit, Africa, is therefore part of the globalization. Beyond the bloody path, companies nowadays do find the opportunties in Africa and started to develop the business there. While more people are more willing to start off businesses in these developing countries and enjoy the low production cost, the globalization trend offers these area a chance to catch up with the world. People learn the skills from production and we are looking forward to the population in these countries will have higher education level, economical and political improvement in the short coming future.

  145. Blood Diamond is a movie that deals with globalization and questionable ethics in the diamond industry. The consumers of these diamonds are so materialistic and the sellers are so full of greed that neither regard nor think twice about where the stones come from and how they are discovered. When watching the movie, there are unethical actions and issues found throughout its entirety, from corruption, murders, smuggling the diamonds across borders, and much more. In addition, this film shows us the negative side of globalization, which is commonly only viewed in a positive light. It is very upsetting and eye-opening to see what these large companies and even the Rebels will allow in order to have money and power; it is the epitome of greed.

  146. Blood diamond deals with questionable ethical behavior in the diamond industry. Unethical issues are constantly arising throughout the movie, The process of getting diamonds to India incorporates smuggling, abuse of labor, murder, corruptions. etc. The men who control these companies are ruthless and desire nothing but profit completely neglecting those who live in the diamond rich areas. This movie could bring improvements to supply chains of goods and the ethical issues will be dealt by local Governments and International trading organization.

  147. Nicholas Caputo

    Blood Diamond points out all the issues that one can encounter in globalization, international business, and following ethical principles. Taking place in the Sierra Leone during civil war it shows how when entering a global market different countries all over the world face similar issues when ethics are concerned. In the Sierra Leone, individuals are forced to search for diamonds and are often killed for practically no reason. They are torn apart from their families and this is all for selling a commodity to richer countries at the expense of many lives. People in richer countries often do not even know about how products are made and where they come from when their is a global market and it takes movies such as this to address problems that the world faces in today’s global economy. Many issues arises because individuals main focuses are on greed and making money. This movie is an excellent way to present pressing issues and concerns such as those that develop when doing international business as individuals in the U.S. often just look at the finished product and not where it actually came from. Consumers are only interested in what the diamonds symbolize for them and the sellers only care about making a profit so in the end there is really no concern as to where they came from and the ethics that might have been broken along the way.

  148. Latoya Jn. Baptiste

    Blood Diamond is a great movie that sheds light on the long-term effects of globalization. Although many African nations gained independence, their countries lacked an effective infrastructure that would allow them to become sustainable and self-sufficient. These countries were not self sufficient enough to development a system that would allow them to export their raw materials and other riches that would enhance the economies. Overtime, Many people,( westerner’s and Europeans) desired diamonds because they seemed to be physically appealing or even considered the ideal choice to show that you love somebody. Diamonds, however, also represent the depletion of Africa’s raw materials. Thousands of civil wars are started because different parties within each company want to obtain control of these raw materials, specifically the diamond fields, at any expense. For example, Soloman’s whole family was uprooted and his son became a child soldier all for RUF’s attempt to maintain control of the fields. Unfortunately, thousands of innocent civilians die in the cross fire of these wars. Companies like DeBeers face a dilemma because they have to choose between making profit and living up to their ethical responsibilities. I feel like the only way to drastically reduce the number of causalities, crime and chaos associated would be to create a top down implementation that would require certain standards be met within each level. This way, companies like DeBeers would worry less about unethical practices because they would have already established a system of checks and balances that would ensure their diamonds.

  149. Samantha Geasey

    This movie definitely gives a lot of insight into a world we can’t relate to. It shows an exaggerated version of international business and the ruthlessness of it. Danny is desperate to make up losing the diamonds he was originally trying to smuggle and the relationship he forms with Bowen and Solomon shows how people do anything to get ahead. It does a great job depicting the trade in issues with diamond mining companies in Africa and their counterparts abroad. There is a lack of ethical behavior by most of the people involved aside from Bowen who is the only one trying to expose the situation for what it really is. The diamonds are being mined in war-torn areas of Africa and their sales are used to fund the continuance of these wars. Using Solomon’s story she’s able to publish and make known what happened.

  150. Blood Diamond was an eye opener to the problems going on in Africa. I didn’t know how bad it was. Kids are getting recruited at such young ages to become murderers. They are being mind washed into thinking that the rebels are their family. When Solomon finally found his son after what seems like months of searching, his son no longer knows where he came from.

    This movie brings up the issue of ethics and whether or not jewelry companies should purchase diamonds from the places supplying the “blood diamonds”. There is also a smaller ethics issue between Danny and Solomon. Danny is to help Solomon find his son, and Solomon will help Danny find the big diamond he hid. Danny really doesn’t care what happens to Solomon in the beginning and throughout most of the movie. Just as it seems, the jewelry companies don’t care where the diamonds are coming from. But, once Danny gets shot at the end, he realizes the right thing to do is to give Solomon the diamond.

  151. Blood Diamond is a fantastic movie that shows a great insight into what the diamond business in Africa is actually like. People will kill without hesitation to make money from the lucrative diamond business. As an American, far away from any of the conflict, this comes as quite a shock. It makes us take a look at that engagement ring we just bought our fiancee. Where did it come from? How many people were killed trying to get to America to make some money? These are things that we normally don’t think about but Blood Diamond makes us take a real look at this issue. The complete lack of ethics in the industry is mind blowing and is clearly something that seriously needs to be addressed. This is what makes Blood Diamond such an eye opening film.

  152. The movie Blood Diamond definitely brings up the ugly side of something as beautiful as diamonds. There are two main business ethics themes that emerge from the movie that act as eye openers to many viewers.
    First, is the notion that leading companies in the diamond industry knowingly finance armed conflicts by purchasing raw diamonds from guerilla miners. This inevitably creates a vicious and bloody cycle where: the companies benefit from purchasing raw diamonds for a fairly low price due to the lack of civil, legal, and financial infrastructure at the country where the mining is done. On the other side are the militias that control these mining and who wish to maintain their stranglehold on this source of income. We can see in the movie that the militia will do anything in its power to obtain and maintain its slave labor force.
    Second, is the idea that leading companies in the diamond industry store a large amount of diamonds out of sight in order to keep supply low and therefore achieve and maintain a higher price on diamonds.
    The first practice definitely lands on the criminal. This is clearly illustrated when Rudolph Van De Kaap and Rupert Simmons attend a G8 council meeting as they try to hide their companys’ involvement in such activities. The second practice lands clearly on the ethical; or should I say unethical. As long as there is sufficient demand for diamonds, distributors and retailers of diamonds have no reason to release more product into the market. The diamond industry relies on consumers’ addiction to their product as well as the consumer’s passive indifference to what goes on in the diamond industry. A direct parallel can be drawn to the “cheating China price” in Peter Navarro’s The Coming China Wars: “one major reason for voter apathy is the narcotic effect that cheap Chinese goods have had on us”. In much the same way that we all love buying cheap goods and most of us don’t care how that price was achieved, most diamond buyers do not care by which process the diamond was obtained.

  153. Gaston Depusoir

    Blood Diamond is an excellent movie that sheds light on some of the negative effects of globalization. The trend of globalization has had the most effect on the way business is conducted in the current economy. Globalization has allowed companies dramatically cut costs out of their supply chain thereby reducing costs and allowing the company to be more efficient. Globalization has also allowed companies to pull from the core competencies of various people around the globe so that the end product can be of good quality. This being said globalization has also led to the exploitation of third world countries where corporation turn to for natural resources and cheap labor. Blood diamond point out the fact the their needs to be a strong sense of ethics and morality when it comes to how corporations deal with their suppliers.

  154. Brad Heringer

    Blood Diamond was a great movie that gives us another insight into globalization. We often think of globalization as glamorous and beneficial to all of us who consume. However, there can also be a dark side that most do not know of. Not all countries or territories abide by the same labor laws as the U.S. Furthermore, not every U.S. company abides by the U.S. laws abroad. As discussed in class, there can be a great debate as to how businesses should conduct themselves in the global market.

    Blood Diamond shows a very ugly side of the diamond industry but it speaks to all businesses who buy, sell, supply, and distribute in the global marketplace. Globalization has enabled many companies to grow and prosper but there has also been many negative effects that we may not be aware of.

  155. Martin Nowak

    Great movie, showing how far people will go to make money. Diamons are very expensive, because they are very scarce. Africa is one of the “lucky” locations diamonds can be found. However, political instability and weak enforcement of laws leads to rebelions and local conflicts. African rebels pay for guns and ammunition with the diamonds, hence bood diamonds. On the other hand, Colombia in South America have rebels that pay for guns with illegal drugs.
    Although diamonds are precious we can not blame the blood shed on them. It is true that Multinational companies are making money on diamonds, but that does not mean they are responsible for lives lost due to political turmoil (financed by both sides from diamonds).
    It is very emotional movie in which goodness of the main character helps him to reconnect and save family of one of the workers (slave).
    This movie also shows the negative side of Globalization, especially on some local economies. Places with weak government and unsettled historical stuff. I really like this movie.

  156. Ryan Donaghy

    Blood Diamond is an excellent representation of how differently globalization affects developing nations versus developed/industrialized nations. Citizens of developed countries, like the United States, often view globalization as something that only helps the inhabitants of developing nations, but this is not usually the case, as we see with the story of Solomon Vandy. Developing nations are viewed by developed nations as in a lower class and in need of assistance. Because of this view, they are stripped of any valuable resources due to the belief that their inhabitants are not deserving of these commodities, such as diamonds. Developing nations are left with nothing and expected to implement a westernized style of democratic government, while opening their markets to the international economy and an influx of multinational corporations. These multinationals usually feel no connection to the societies around them and do not think they have a duty to protect and promote the well-being of the people in the area. The developing nation comes to rely on funding from developed nations, due to the fact that no profit is flowing into the country from the multinationals, and can never repay the debt. Blood Diamond is an excellent depiction of how this began in Africa, and why Africa is not doing so well today.

  157. Ashley Nunez

    The movie “Blood Diamond” shows how much of an impact globalization has on humans, businesses and the world. this movie exposes how international ethical issues can effect massive. The story is about the diamond trade in Sierra Leone during a civil war in the late 1990s. The main business issues represented in this movie revolve the controversial diamond mining in Sierra Leone, in particular, the mining in rebel-controlled areas.The diamond trade basically kills many Africans. This kills millions while it makes others happy because that are making money from this trade.

    This movie makes me really angry but it makes me want to analyze this situation more. When I do analyze the diamond trade, globalization and other things like sweat shops it all comes down to greed and the love of money.
    Due to our capitalist ways we are killing millions and making them suffer, no question about it.

  158. Leonardo Calvo

    Blood Diamond, starring Leondardo Dicaprio is a movie which involves his character’s dealings with black market trading of conflict diamonds in Southern Africa. The movie shows the pain and suffering of the African people, all so that people in the rest of the world can enjoy diamonds to wear as jewelry at a cheaper price. The movie portrays both the big picture of the diamond market—where African people are enslaved to work in fear of death to find diamonds. The people who are running the scheme sell the diamonds to European traders where they become legitimized in the world economy. It also zooms in and shows the individual suffering of a man separated from his family because of these atrocities.

  159. Michael Hyman

    Blood Diamond offers a look into Sierra Leone and the vicious diamond trading that goes on in the poverty stricken country. For the rebels who wish to sell the diamonds on the open market, the stones provide an opportunity out of the country to a more industrialized nation. The movie, while both well made and informative, does not offer any information which was not already known to the consumer. People are aware that diamonds come from Africa in an inflated market and that ethics are not always at the forefront of the industry’s mind. With that said, the uncensored look at how Africa is suffering as a result of the diamond industries greed makes it harder to ignore the atrocities which occur.

    The part which pertains most to consumers is at the end of the movie during the update of the modern day diamond industry. Blood diamonds are still on the market and are still being sold despite efforts by governments stop it. Ultimately, the choice to purchase legitimate diamonds is in the hands of the buyer who must ask that the gems which they are buying be legally acquired. This is true in all industries. While trying to enforce ethical practice is a nice idea, illegal practices will always be occurring because of the potential gains to be had. The only way to really put an end to the corruption is for consumers to decide that they want the products they purchase to benefit only the righteous and stop funding the terrorists that infiltrate the market. Once the market decides that they no longer wish to purchase an illegally made diamond, and only then, can the illegal industry fail.

  160. Kaylin Collins

    Diamonds are commonly viewed as upscale, sophisticated products, but the movie “Blood Diamond” is really an eye-opener that can change this depiction in peoples’ minds. The movie clearly illustrates the disadvantages that a developing nation may face as a result of globalization. In this specific case, the South African population faced violence, corruption, and severe loss of lives due to the controversial diamond mining and forced labor that took place in their homeland. While the developed nations and multinational corporations outside Africa obtained profits and benefitted from this trade, the African people suffered immensely and their well-being was not thought of or protected. This nation was clearly taken advantage of to promote wealth in other countries and it was horrible to realize that what took place in this movie takes place all over the world today. One can only hope that the trend toward corporate social responsibility and proper ethical conduct in regard to labor practices and the spread of globalization will continue and hopefully eliminate these unlawful actions and practices worldwide.

  161. Y.u.s.u.f.-C.a.g.l.a.r.-T.u.y.s.u.z.o.g.l.u

    Globalization has two sides as we discussed in the class. First side has the developed countries and the other side has developing. Blood diamond shows us that the people in developed countries have a chance to stop diamond trading by not buying them. However, the movie shows us that developed country people has the less ethical standards.

    People in Sierra-Leone suffers from this diamond invasion. On the other side, some people in developed countries having the benefits of globalization. One is dying, on the other side, one is getting richer. The movie, Blood Diamond, shows us the negative side of globalization. We all used to thought that within the globalization, our lives got a lot easier. However, it just made us greedy and isolated from the other side of the world.

    In many globalized business’ stories, we hear about the people in India and China work for less than $1 a day. We always hear the stories of the children who works for global companies in heavy conditions. Now, Blood Diamond is telling us how people are killed in Sierra-Leone for a piece of diamond. This movie forces us to think again and again about our ethical values. Globalization has been showed like an amazing thing, however, it is not working well without strong ethical values.

  162. Blood Diamond asks us, to what extent are corporations willing to go to make a profit? Granted, a diamond is so beautiful, but when people buy diamonds, they don’t really see what goes on behind the scenes. Blood Diamond uncovers that for one diamond, countless lives are lost (well it is technically, in a war zone) and while caught up in the rebellions, commanders do not lose sight of the possibilities of profiting from the war. People are recruited, forced into working in the diamond mines, and while a diamond becomes a luxury for people to buy, people’s lives are changing, revolving around this diamond mining. We always contemplate, about the ethics of child labor and how working well under a “living” wage is unethical, but no one could ever imagine, the extent of casualties that occurred to mine a diamond. People are shot, when they try to hide diamonds and that in quite shocking – selecting only the best for slavery in this do or die trade. And the thing is, in the beginning of the movie, the events of this “blood diamond mining” are actually controversial – as if the conference that was held, was to mitigate the severity of the situation. I can only refer to this to situations like the Holocaust, where the horrors of concentration camps were “rumors” until the very end. And the possession of the rare and the shiny, pink diamond, could change anything. The power of wealth and material is really amplified in this instance. We can see the power that possessing something can have over people.

    The situation at hand is, how do we handle the ethics? While, people who find out about the atrocity of blood diamond mining, may choose to buy a product that is labeled outside of this trade for a higher cost, there will always be a person that will want it cheaper. Addressing globalization…I’m sure no one really intends to profit from death and war; but there will always be a person or peoples that will take advantage of all of this, and there evil be people who have less than great morals and ethics and will make bank on this. While in the end, we realize that the moral of the story is, even though you obtain the most wonderful in the world (the pink diamond) it amounts to nothing if you can’t have the things that you personally hold in value. Like morals. We can possess everything that we want, but morally, where do we hold ourselves? Will we sell out and buy a blood diamond to satisfy our materialistic desires?? To buy that special ring for our beloved and save a couple of bucks? Or will we spare a life, lower the demand of these diamonds for a higher price tag? Is blood diamond really an example of globalization at it’s worst? Absolutely, because it solely benefits one party to the most bipolar extent, and hurts another immensely.

  163. Blood Diamond readily shows the disadvantages of globalization and echoes the Walmart model. In the Walmart model, jobs are ‘created’ for people in developing nations, despite the nature and equitableness of the jobs, and developed nations enjoy the benefit of lower prices on goods, but sacrifice jobs in the process. Many people may or may not be aware that they are indirectly contributing to the job loss in the U.S. by continuing to shop at Walmart and supporting the dangerous globalization machine. However, that knowledge still may not stop them from shopping at Walmart simply because on the individual level, they are benefiting from it. Likewise, in Blood Diamond, diamonds are still widely in demand and coveted by individuals, despite the questionable practices that are enforced in Sierra-Leone. In Blood Diamond, the developing nation is at a disadvantage because of globalization; rights and human lives are cast aside for bottom-line profits. On the other end, the developed nations are reaping the benefits, likening the situation to the recent issues and debates regarding sweatshops in developing countries. The core problem is that individuals in developed nations still continue to purchase these diamonds, despite the dubious nature and violent origin of the product, simply because they may be cheaper. That perpetuates the cycle further and causes higher demand for diamonds and consequently more egregious behavior in the developing country. In the end, it is left to individuals’ responsibility to draw the line, cast aside innately selfish human behavior, and take a short term loss individually to ensure the longevity and survival of society as a whole should we hope to avoid the not only the economic fallout, but also the death of our nation’s values and humanity.

  164. Lillian Smith

    The movie Blood Diamond gave a very insightful yet disturbing look into the trade of diamonds from Sierra Leone. The movie specifically showed how rebels in the area fight against the government and are incredibly corrupt. The rebels capture people (Solomon) and control them so much to the point of killing and mutilating those who do not obey. It was very interesting to watch this movie after learning about the idea of globalization today in class. When I usually think about globalization i think of it being benificial to underdeveloped countries and hurting developed countries like America. I usually think of globalization in terms of outsourcing and taking jobs away from Americans and giving jobs to people in developing countrires. This movie showed the completely different side. It showed how such a valuable resource in Africe can completely tear apart the country while benifiting places outside of the area. It is extremely sickening how the greed of people outside of these areas and the greed of rebels completely overrides any ethical thinking.

  165. Irfan Hakverdi

    Globalization is a product of the capitalist regime, and it enables the access to any kind of resource in any part of the world such as natural resources or cheap labor. While the globalization has tremendous advantages for people and private organizations, it reflects the world where the poor people and the developing countries are exploited.
    The movie” Blood Diamond” focuses on the unethical and unfair situation in Sierra Leone where the diamond were sold for extremely high prices during the civil war in 1990’s. As a result of the globalization, multinational corporations tended to produce their products in such regions that labor is extremely cheap, and they started to take advantage of even child labor in the sweatshops of Africa.
    The “Blood Diamond” brings out the fact that how worthless a human beings life and effort compared to a bright stone, and how the powerful multinational corporations remain blind to this immoral and illegal trade to maintain their profits.

  166. Edward Zwick’s 2006 film Blood Diamond presents several important aspects relating to globalization. From the title of the film itself, the viewer is presented with the harsh reality surrounding the sale of “blood diamonds,” or diamonds mined in African wars zones which are then used to profit diamond companies around the world as well as the warlords in direct control of the land. I thought the film’s overall plot was entertaining, intriguing, and emotionally involving. From the tragic tale of Solomon Vandy’s kidnap to the conflict of conscious faced by Danny Archer, the film pulled the viewer in and never let go.
    In the context of globalization, a few of the more prevalent points which the film brings up are the ethical considerations faced by multinational corporations, the nature of endemic wars, and the role of the media as both investigator and whistleblower. The diamond company in the movie profits off of what is akin to slave labor, and in the process funds the warlords who in turn exploit local populations. The cycle seems unstoppable, and yet the end of the film offers some hope. Solomon is reunited with his family and the true reality of the situation is exposed by the press. I think the film demonstrates that globalization can negatively effect populations in developing countries where political stability is lacking. Often we hear that globalization offers jobs to individuals historically facing severe poverty. However, the lack of institutional protection and accountability so characteristic of countries devoid of strong governments leaves a power vacuum for competing groups of power, who need funding to support their own interests. In the movie this is perfectly encapsulated in warlord Colonel Coatzee’s business dealings with the diamond company. Blood Diamond shows us that globalization may not be a total win-win situation for all parties involved, and serves as a reminder that as we move into the future, albeit an increasingly “globalized” one, we must work to address and hopefully solve these pressing problems.

  167. Blood Diamond directed my Edward Zwick, is the story of a key player in the business of conflict diamonds, whose life had changed after meeting one of the conflict victims named Solomon. Killing thousands of people and stealing their natural resources, diamonds in this case and selling them to powerful diamond corporations. Africa gets nothing out of this deal, except losing their lives and their loved ones. Before I watch this movie, I’ve never thought the whole scenario was this horrible.
    “Who is to blame?”
    Is it diamond corporations, or diamond smugglers (Archer), or the consumers? I think we can blame everybody, but not equally. Diamond corporations are the ones to blame for getting this situation going by financing it, and the people who steal and sell the diamonds to the corporations are guilty for obvious reasons. As long as diamond corporations continue to support the wars in Africa, this will not come to an end. I blame the diamond corporations the most.
    We can blame the consumers for being ignorant, irresponsible. If the consumers were to know exactly what is going on in Africa, and if they were to be aware of how many lives it costs to get that diamond, would they still buy them? I say the majority of the customers would still buy the conflict diamonds, just because they are cheaper. People should care more about global issues. Just saying that you do not kill those people personally does not make you innocent. Buying a blood diamond means supporting this war in Africa.
    I don’t know if it is normal to expect the consumers to investigate their purchases that detailed. I don’t even think consumers could find out how the diamond corporations obtain their products, however, if consumers become aware of the situation, they should be able to make the ethical decision and leave the self-interest behind for once and try to purchase conflict-free diamonds.

  168. This film demonstrates the negative aspect of globalization. Companies moving into a global market have the task of determining whether to implement an international ethical standard or adjust ethics and values to accommodate each region. Instead, these companies looked to profit off an African country’s fragile state. Diamonds were purchased from rebels in exchange for weapons. So these companies were financing the repels in their civil war with the government and providing them with the means to invade villages, murdering and enslaving the people living there.
    Globalization gives companies the opportunity to benefit from operating/producing in other countries where costs are lower. However, in the absence of strict regulations and laws from the developed countries, a company can easily engage in unethical behavior. Meager wages, long hours, employing children and bribes are among the more common forms. We like to think that companies from a developed country (our companies) instinctively know better, but without someone slapping them on the wrist they will justify actions with profits. In the film we see how these companies unethical behavior became more pronounced as the value and profits became greater. It’s scary that a business has the power to keep a country at war and prevent stability and growth, but its eye opening when a business actually exercises that power.

  169. Maria-Christina Herrera

    The movie Blood Diamond, while very much entertaining and a movie that I’ve seen and continue to enjoy watching, shows the affects of globalization in both underdeveloped or developing countries as opposed to developed nations. While globalization is admired by many because of the many benefits that it offers, such as shared knowledge, the expansion of business, creation of jobs abroad, and the ability to offer/attain both products and services not normally offered in your country. While the United States, a developed industrialized country, has seen these beneficial effects of globalization, not all countries can say the same. This movie shows how developed nations treat those countries not so fortunate. These “unfortunate countries” are belittled and the valuable resources that they do have, are taken away from them. These undeveloped countries are also expected to follow these westernized countries ways, despite having lost the precious resources they had. These developing countries are then forced to rely on those countries that come in and take their resources. This movie is a wonderful look into how those countries that are being directly affected by globalization, aren’t necessarily treated fairly, and if anything, are being ill-treated. It shows the vicious cycle that also comes about because of globalization; while people are reaping the benefits of getting certain goods and resources, there are those people that have their lives completely changed without asking for a change and their rights infringed.

  170. Clarissa Michel

    Blood Diamond was a very interesting movie. Although I have seen this movie many times, the first time I watched it, I was shamefully unaware of “conflict diamonds.” Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond, sheds light on the issues surrounding the ethics involved in international business. What was most appalling to see in this movie was the “Generals” illegal leveraging of his subordinates, namely, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Danny Archer.

    Although this movie may not be entirely factual, it still nevertheless mirrors what actually takes place in our society. To think that people typically kill each other for “conflict diamonds” is really saddening. Overall, I think this movie provides good insight about the ethical issues revolving conflict diamonds and of the governmental officials who choose to participate in such unethical practices.

  171. Chase Murray

    The movie Blood Diamonds allows the viewer to experience the dreadful horrors that are carried out by the thugs that rule the blood diamond trade. The movie shows you how politically unstable and corrupt Africa was at the time, and still may be. It also displays how child soldiers are trained by the thousands at young ages. This movie displays the unethical standards that are used when dealing with this business as well as showing that globalization is a bad move. It shows how more developed countries exploit underdeveloped one’s. The little valuable resource that the people of Sierra Leone have, in this case diamonds, is being taken from them by people who only care about making money and profit and not caring about who suffers due to this.

  172. Sean Galloway

    I must admit this was the third time I had watched Blood Diamond but the first time I had bothered to watch it in its entirety. It was also the first time I thought about it being more than just a movie. Typically I just take a film for what it is but this time I really forced myself to think about the underlying issues that drive the film through the narrative.

    The film really hits home with regards to how underdeveloped countries are taken advantage of and exploited by their modernized counterparts. As someone who wants to become and officer I can not believe people would stand by and allow for children to get caught up and forced into fighting for the rebels.
    I completely understand that globalization is here to stay and that there is always winners and losers but someone has to stand up and say enough is enough. There needs to be some type of standard that all countries are held accountable to.

  173. Jordan Balais

    The movie Blood Diamond is a very good and thought-provoking movie. I enjoyed this movie every time I watched it because even though it is very entertaining, it still relays a valuable message about the war, tragedy, and massacre behind the diamonds that are being sold around the world. It really introduced society to the background of ‘conflict diamonds’. The movie takes place in the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999, and it really shows the atrocities and struggle between the government and rebel forces. It reveals the corruption, exploitation, and a completely negative side of globalization. Leonardo DiCaprio does a terrific job as Danny Archer, an ex-mercenary and diamond smuggler, who uses Solomon Vandy, a fisherman played by Djimon Hounsou, to get to a huge diamond. The movie shows them running from the government and rebel forces to get to this diamond. It shows the killing, kidnapping, and pillaging of villages done in Africa at that time. As well as revealing the selling of these diamonds to big corporations without their care of them being ‘conflict diamonds’. This movie applies to our class because it shows globalization like never before. It shows the negative of underdeveloped countries doing whatever it takes to sell at a larger scale. Countries will pay whatever for these diamonds, and other countries do whatever it takes to find and sell these diamonds. This movie shows the horrors of the background of these ‘conflict diamonds’ and send a message to stop this from going on.

  174. Steven Goldman

    The movie “Blood Diamond” is an inspiring film about the affects of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. The term blood diamond is derived from the notion of diamonds being mined through the use of slavery and not employment. The diamond industry is a very lucrative business, and the movie displays graphically and dramatically how international companies create profits out of the sale of blood diamonds. The movie shows how slave camps are set up near diamond mines and the slaves are physically forced to find diamonds. The conditions here are often terrible and the slaves are beaten or killed if they try stealing the diamonds for themselves. The movie explains the supply chain of these diamonds: they are first found in the mines, and then transported to be cut and transformed into jewelry. Globalization is the major driver behind the blood diamond industry, as transportation and trade across continents makes it possible for these kinds of profitable business to develop. In addition, the movie displays the ethical concerns of using blood diamonds by exposing a major corporation through the use of the major character. It is he finds a very rare diamond and frames the corporation trying to buy it from him when they are in full awareness that it came through slave mining. If the corporations did not accept blood diamonds in their business, then there would be no need to have these slavery camps as there would be no buyers for the diamonds. Blood diamonds are cheaper than diamonds found through legit employment; however they are usually obtained through unethical and immoral means. “Blood Diamond” does a great job showing the struggle of one slave trying to escape and in the process free his family. It is only in the end when he succeeds that he is able to expose the corporation behind the camps, and is recognized at the United Nations. His struggle of freeing his family parallels the need of society to free itself from all aspects of mining through slavery. While globalization can be very beneficial to society, some of its undesired products are these types of illegal operations.

  175. Matthew Maggiacomo

    For before the Common Era, there have been illustrations on man’s fixation on gems and jewels as valuable. The quest of these rocks have lead to much profit and advancement of some coupled with the decline and suffering of others. This conflict, which has rocked the industry in recent years, came more to the forefront with the release of the movie “Blood Diamond.” Set in wartime Sierra Leone during the late 1990s, the film depicts a South African diamond smuggler, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, trying to recover a rare pink stone from a local fisherman whom rebels have forced to dig in the diamond pits. The story line is filled with all the drama and entertainment found in Hollywood already, but the root of the movie are indeed a sad truth. In that time period, many rebels in Sierra Leone financed their wars from diamonds plucked out of the rivers. These diamonds are then turned and traded for weapons and other goods. This movie does a good job of showing the other side of globalization. As western goods and demands become available to these people, the resources (both labor and raw materials) are used for not the most ideal usage. After some quick research on the web, I found that these diamonds only account for .2% of the world’s global supply of diamonds. It is very sad to know that all this death and destruction occurs over the quest for such a silly thing; Rocks. They have no real tangible value, just the intrinsic that society has assigned to them. This movie does a great job of showing the atrocities that play out in the real world and the effect of globalization.

  176. Dustin Smith

    I had seen this movie once, when it came out to theaters. Until I saw it again I didn’t realize the severity of the moment. I thought at the time when I first saw it “Oh wow, Leonardo DiCaprio is an up in coming actor and not just limited to the titanic” I just thought it was an overrated movie from the critics. When I saw it again, several years later since the last time I saw it, I couldn’t believe how much more powerful the story was; especially since I was going greater in depth in the lessons of globalization and ethical business. We find out to what extent corporations are willing to go to make a profit. Blood Diamond depicts the lives of worker slaves in Sierra Leone who are tortured, beaten, mutilated and murdered. All of this is for diamonds and countless lives are lost in the process. Before this class I thought of globalization in terms of outsourcing; meaning taking jobs away from the United States and giving them to people in developing countries because the cost of production was cheap. I never quite realized the sometimes downturns of it. This movie showed just that; the downside. It showed how such a valuable resource in Africa can completely tear apart the country. People who decide not to give in to the temptation of a blood diamond are quickly replaced by individuals who couldn’t care less about the lives of others. Ethics is a hell of a concept. We would naturally think that most people in the world wouldn’t want people to die for their benefit. This movie shows us that ethics is not on everyone’s mind. Right and wrong, and good or bad don’t matter here; its profit or no profit, which unfortunately makes the world a less desirable place.

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  178. Leo Laco PANDA

    Dear sir/madam, The movie I saw was blood diamond , actor was try all his best to get that diamond from solomon, he was a real warrior and hunting for diamond trade. I need a person like Him to help me market bulk of rough diamonds with me. Please get touch with me and we make business.thank you reply a.s.a.p.

  179. Leo Laco PANDA

    Dear interested person, I’m from Leo PANDA of Papua New – South East Facific.I got so excited also fell so sad how rabel forces mistread their fellow country men. Then the actor of the Blood Diamond A.Danney was active diamond trader and dealer with the ilegal diamond trade with out fear of Goverment or the rabels.He was a real person who had real heart to help and not think about Himself even to the point of his dead. For me it was a real life movie to understand real life issue concerning life itself across the globe. In some ways every human beings have it’s own freedom and have its own idividual rights .But that have been abuase by few greeding dogs to mistread many innocent lifes. It has been much intresting when watch this blood diamond movies and it gives us fare idea to position a NATION when it comes to such an issues like African Nation. Please write to: Leo PANDA, P.O.BOX 5358, BOROKO. PAPUA NEW GUINEA. E-mail. lacopanda@gmail.com. For infor, I need person like A.Danney to sell bulks of rough diamonds and looking for a person and market. Please reply email or write ASAP.THANKS.

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