• HOTEL RWANDA

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/17/2012
     
    HOTEL RWANDA
    WARNING:  Rated PG-13
    Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 historical drama film about the hotelier Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The film, which has been called an African Schindler's List, documents Rusesabagina's acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees, by granting them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. Directed by Terry George, the film was co-produced by US, British, Italian, and South African companies, with filming done on location in Johannesburg, South Africa and Kigali, Rwanda.

    It was nominated for multiple awards, including Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. It... continues to be one of the mos trented films on services, such as Netflix and is listed by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 most inspirational movies of all time.   -- WIKIPEDIA
     
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  • BLOOD DIAMOND

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/16/2012
    Blood Diamons WARNING:  Rated R
    Blood Diamond is a 2006 American political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.

    Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996–2001, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces.It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels' amputation of people's hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.

    The film's ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, is in reference to an actual meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000 and led to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which seeks to certify the origin of rough diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds. The film received mixed but generally favorable reviews.   --WIKIPEDIA

     
    For the REAL STORY, watch this from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC:

    If you found this interesting, you should find out how people in the Congo bleed and die for what's in your cell phone. 

    CONFLICT MINERALS 101

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