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Title:The sight, sound, and global traffic of blackness in 'Blood Diamond'
Author:Chrisman, LauraISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:55
Issue:3
Pages:123-144
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Sierra Leone
Subjects:Africans
images
films
About person:Edward ZwickISNI
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v055/55.3.chrisman.pdf
Abstract:This article explores the representation of Africa in director Edward Zwick's 2006 film 'Blood Diamond', a feature film in which an American journalist exposes the inhumane operations of Sierra Leone's illicit diamond trade and the role of the trade in the country's civil war. The article examines in particular the ways in which the film's liberal-humanitarian orientation works to demonize black African communities, nationalisms, and governments while constituting a white and largely American subject as the centre of ethical value. The article also examines the film's account of diamond consumption as a global phenomenon, and considers the ways in which sound and vision operate to devalue black diasporic as well as black continental African subjects. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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