Every year, worldwide, 24 tons of diamonds are teased from the heart of the earth. Once mined they begin their year-long journey through the "pipeline," a vast, secretive network encompassing five continents and a diverse cast of characters. By the end of their journey these tiny bits of carbon will have made multi-millionaires of some and virtual slaves of others. Boring deep into the diamond world, Diamond Road explores the multiple meanings this object has for a few of the captivating characters who are part of the diamond pipeline: an impoverished miner in Sierra Leone, a child cutter and prominent businessman in India, a celebrity jeweller and a high-end dealer in New York. Their stories are interwoven with that of an industry leader who is fighting for transparency and fair trade for diamonds. Each is on a journey to realize a dream that centres on a stone which is itself a dream, a manufactured symbol of love, purity and the sublime. What results is a multi-layered portrait of a fascinating world which is steeped in a history of intrigue, conflict, love and hope.
"...fascinating...three-part Canadian doc, Diamond Road... with a firm point of view but no preaching, directors Nisha Pahuja and Manfred Becker take us from the sleek Manhattan advertising agency that coined the slogan of the century - "A diamond is forever" - to the Sierra Leone villages ravished by a civil war funded by diamonds." - Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail
"A brilliant three parter." - Jim Bawden, Starweek Magazine (Toronto Star)
"A gripping picture of the world and the myth behind the much-loved stone." - Erik Jensen, Sydney Morning Herald