Sierra Leone sits in Western Africa. It is a nation caught between crushing poverty and wealth beyond the imagination of most people on earth. Diamonds are ripe in the land and harvested by the Western World. In 1991, a civil war broke out. Enough was enough. A revolutionary group tried to free the people from their dependency on the mine owners. The mine owners had other plans.
Over the next 15 years of warfare, over 70,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were injured. Millions lost their homes, their family, their income. Everything. The devastation is almost impossible to comprehend. The Empire in Africa is the result of trying to make sense of the madness. Premiering in 2006, at the Sundance Film Festival, the film has been well received. But, some question the accuracy of the reporting and the agenda of the director. In this sense, it reminded us of the recent Kony 2012 documentary in Uganda.
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