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Diamond Road is a three-part series and 96 minute feature documentary exploring the historical, cultural and socio-political facets of the world's most intriguing gem. Boring deep into the diamond world, the series seeks to understand the multiple meanings of an object that is as old as the earth itself. Diamond Road is an intimate and broad-ranging picture of a complex and historically rich world. Key to the series are the people who represent the different stages on the diamond pipeline. They are our guides, our window into a fascinating industry that spans continents and centuries and the deep shifts of history. We journey to Canada's North with a geologist seeking diamonds in a harsh land. We meet top dealers and jewelers of New York, centre of the trade in high-end goods and gateway to the US market. We travel to India, the massive engine of the cutting and polishing industry and now a burgeoning retail market. We journey to Sierra Leone where diamonds are slowly morphing into a tool for development. In South Africa, we meet black diamond entrepreneurs and others who are intent on rewriting their country's troubled history. We travel to Antwerp, heart of the rough trade where an old Jewish master cutter works his magic, and we learn how so many Jewish people were given a second chance at life through diamonds. We meet the passionate collectors willing to pay a small fortune for a stone born at the stroke of creation. And we meet the influential decision-makers who keep the diamond world turning.
|S01E01||The Dream||00/00/0000||We learn about the history of the industry and the clever marketing which have made diamonds such an important part of our lives. We also meet a diverse cast of characters who all have a diamond dream, a miner in the impoverished country of Sierra Leone trying desperately to support his family on less than 3 dollars a day, an industry leader moved by the plight of the miners in Sierra Leone who is trying to create a market for fair trade diamonds, a former US General who has started his own virtual mine, a veteran geologist who's still hunting for his very own diamond discovery in Northern Canada and a conflicted Yellowknives Dene Chief who fears that the money his people are making from the diamond mines in Canada may cost them their traditions.|
|S01E02||The Stone That Divides||00/00/0000||In the second installment of Diamond Road we travel to New York, South Africa and Sierra Leone, all places along the diamond pipeline that have been marked by the dark and the light of diamond history. In South Africa, the birthplace of the modern day diamond story, we meet Maria Farmer and Willem Diergaardt who are fighting to reclaim their land and the diamonds that sit on top of it. This is the new South Africa, emerging from the shadows of apartheid, rewriting the wrongs of the past, in which diamonds divided the haves from the have-nots, Black from White.|
|S01E03||The Arrival||00/00/0000||In this last episode of Diamond Road we crisscross the globe, following both the small and the epic journeys of four characters. Manoj, a thirteen year old child polisher from India who leaves his village and his fathers cotton farm to apprentice in the diamond cutting factories of Surat, now a major diamond centre. We also meet Akshay and Arjav Mehta, whose Blue Star Group is one of the largest diamond manufacturing companies in the world. We follow the story of Andy Cohens diamond, an old, challenging stone that Andy won at the Christies auction in New York City.|