Netflix Movies That Will Change the Way You Feel About Diamonds

Article by Anna-Mieke

It’s been a decade since the movie Blood Diamond exposed the truth behind the sourcing and trading of diamonds in Africa. Thankfully, Hollywood has not turned a blind eye to the despair and suffrage many African communities continue to experience for our love of diamonds and other precious resources.

While Blood Diamond was most people's first glimpse into conflict diamonds and the dark side of the diamond trade, there are several other movies available on Netflix right now that expose the conflicts surrounding diamonds and other precious resources in Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is necessary for consumers to understand these conflicts in order for our buying habits to change.

If you have already seen Blood Diamond, then check out these seven other movies about loss, despair, devastation, and war. It is my hope that one of these films inspire you to change the way you think about earth-mined diamonds and change someone’s life by choosing to purchase a conflict-free laboratory-grown diamonds from a social enterprise company, like MiaDonna.

Beast of No Nation

When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier.

When Elephants Fight

This penetrating documentary takes a look at injustices in Congo, a country rich in copper and other minerals but whose citizens rarely prosper.

Blood Diamond

In war-ravaged Sierra Leone, diamond smuggler Danny Archer learns that a local fisherman has stumbled upon a gigantic gem and offers to reunite the man with his family in exchange for the diamond.

Diamonds of War: Africa’s Blood Diamonds

This illuminating National Geographic documentary tracks the bloody trail of diamonds mined in West Africa and sold in First World nations. In Sierra Leone, the sale of the precious stones financed a decade-long insurrection that left thousands dead. Long considered a symbol of prestige, affluence and love, diamonds are becoming increasingly recognized as a source of great heartache and bloodshed.

Liberia: An Uncivil War

Filmmaker Jonathan Stack provides a fearless account of the Liberian Civil War in 2003, chronicling the showdown between the corrupt regime of President Charles Taylor and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of civilians pray for intervention by the United States, which has become newly preoccupied by the Iraq War. Stack's unflinching film is an unforgettable portrait of a country in crisis.

Soldier Child

This documentary directed by Neil Abramson examines the rise and fall, as well as the reach and long-lasting effects, of religious zealot Joseph Kony in northern Uganda. For years, Kony exerted his influence on thousands of children, encouraging them not only to turn against their friends and families but to play an active role in their destruction. When the children's misdeeds come to light, the Ugandans take initiative in bringing on healing.

Sliding Liberia: A Story of War, Peace and Surfing

Surfing and social justice merge in this film that follows pro surfers Dan Malloy, Chris Del Moro and Crystal Thornburg as they discover one of Africa's best breaks is in Liberia, a country known more for its long-running civil war than its waves. The documentary explains the background of the conflict and discusses how surfing could help make people in other countries aware of the potential of this beautiful but troubled nation.