Blood Diamond in theaters December 8
Learn about conflict diamonds and go behind the scenes with stories from director and producer Edward Zwick andÂ castmembersÂ Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon HounsouÂ at Movies on Gather.
"It has been my belief that political awareness can be raised as much by entertainment as by rhetoric. There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive..." - Edward Zwick, on his motive for filming Blood Diamond; from Precious Jewels: The Making of Blood Diamond
"Sorious Samura's documentary about Sierra Leone is the single most authoritative record of what happened there during the civil war.Â While many journalists were fleeing the country and much of the world chose to ignore what was happening, here was someone who stayed and actually filmed it..." - Edward Zwick, on the source of inspiration; from Eyewitness: The Legacy of Sorious Samura's "Cry Freetown"
"It was imperative for all of [the actors] to immerse ourselves in this world and hear firsthand accounts of what happened... This was an environment unlike anything Iâ€™d experienced in my life." - Leonardo DiCaprio, onÂ his preparation to play ex-mercenary Danny Archer; from Getting Into Character in Africa: The Actors of Blood Diamond
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