A critical reading of Blood Diamond (2006) in the context of transnationalism

A critical reading of Blood Diamond (2006) in the context of transnationalism

Author: 
Onuzulike, Uchenna
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2015
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Journal Title: 
African Identities
Source: 
African Identities, Vol. 13, No. 4, November 2015, pp. 297-309
Abstract: 

Between 1992 and 1999, Sierra Leone was engaged in a civil war which was blamed primarily on a 'scramble for diamonds.' This paper critically analyzes the related film Blood Diamond (2006) in order to locate the portrayal of Sierra Leone and of Africa in general in the context of transnationalism. In addition, the analysis seeks to understand how Africans and Westerners contributed to conflict diamonds. Reading the film via transnationalism indicates that African environments were compromised by colonialism. It also shows that transnational forces contributed to conflict diamonds ? which resulted in wars and other atrocities. The implications of a colonial legacy suggest that Africans and Westerners (in)directly participated in blood diamonds.

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CITATION: Onuzulike, Uchenna. A critical reading of Blood Diamond (2006) in the context of transnationalism . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2015. African Identities, Vol. 13, No. 4, November 2015, pp. 297-309 - Available at: https://library.au.int/critical-reading-blood-diamond-2006-context-transnationalism-1