|by David Oppenheim|
|Published on: Mar 4, 2008|
|Diamond Road is a three-part documentary television series and feature-length documentary film exploring the many facets of the world's most intriguing gem. Filmed on four continents in High Definition, the series was directed by Nisha Pahuja with co-director Manfred Becker, and produced by Robert Lang.
Every year 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 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 seeks to understand the multiple meanings this object has for a few of the fascinating people who are part of the diamond pipeline: international prospector, impoverished miner, child cutter, celebrity jeweller, smuggler, high-end dealer. Interwoven with their stories is the determined pursuit of one industry leader to bring fairness and transparency to this secretive world. What results is a multi-layered portrait of a stone steeped in a history of intrigue, conflict, love and hope.
Diamond Road producer Robert Lang and director Nisha Pahuja recently discussed the documentary on Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The interview was conducted during the November 2008 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
Listen to the radio interview here.
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