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The film Blood Diamond depicts the struggles and wars over “conflict diamonds” that occurred in Sierra Leone at the time. It was directed by Edward Zwick and shot in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and South Africa. The films main characters are Solomon Vandy, an African man captured by RUF rebels to mine for diamonds, Danny Archer, a diamond trader and smuggler, and Maddy Bowen, a journalist reporting the events in Sierra Leon at the time.

The film Blood Diamond provides an excellent example of the differences of status and class between men and women in Sierra Leon. These differences are not limited only to Sierra Leon; they can be extrapolated and applied to most African nations. The main overarching difference between men and women in Africa is that men overwhelmingly hold a higher position of power and authority in the home. Men in Africa are seen to be the protector and provider of the family. These characteristics can be seen in Solomon Vandy in the film, Blood Diamond, when the village comes under attack in the beginning of the movie. Solomon rushes to his families aid and tire...
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