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Diamond Road

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
Film Details
Run time3x46 mins, 1x90 mins-
Kensington Communications Inc.
Nisha Pahuja
manfred becker
Robert Lang
Cornelia Principe
Executive Producer: 
Robert Lang
David Kazala
Assistant Editor: 
Andy Bely
Nisha Pahuja
John Kramer
David Oppenheim
Derek Rogers
Film Composer: 
Ken Myhr
Sound Recordist: 
Ao Loo
Awards and Festivals
Gemini Award, Best Documentary Series (2008)
Top prize for Documentary Feature at the 41st Annual WorldFest in Houston
Official Selection, IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)
Invited to Tri-Continental Film Festival in South Africa, DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, and several other festivals around the world.

Diamond Road opening