Distributor:  MediaStorm
Length:  12 minutes
Date:  2008
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, college, adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Rape of a Nation

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The Democratic Republic of Congo sits atop one of the world's most vast deposits of diamonds and gold; yet it is also home to the world's most deadly war. Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale explores the connection.

Rape of a Nation

The Democratic Republic of Congo sits atop one of the world's most vast deposits of diamonds and gold, yet it is also home to the world's most deadly war since WWII. Marcus Bleasdale explores the connection between the two, and traces how the West's consumer appetite for these resources have led to such sub-human conditions for the Congolese, and to what are commonly denominated now as "blood diamonds".

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Anthropographia Year: 2010 Place: Honorable Mention Category: Multimedia and Human Rights NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Year: 2009 Place: Second Category: Documentary Video


Main credits

Bleasdale, Marcus (filmmaker)
Bleasdale, Marcus (photographer)
Bleasdale, Marcus (videographer)
Bleasdale, Marcus (interviewee)
Maierson, Eric (film producer)

Other credits

Photography & video, Marcus Bleasdale; video interview, Chad A. Stevens.

Distributor credits

Brian Storm

Photography and Video: Marcus Bleasdale
Editor and Producer: Eric Maierson
Video Interview: Chad A. Stevens
Graphics: Tim Klimowicz
Director and Executive Producer: Brian Storm

Docuseek2 subjects

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
Mining Sector
Human Rights
Resource Planning and Management
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies, Democratic Republic of Congo, Anthropology, armed conflict, children and youth, criminal justice, mining, environmental studies, global economy, human rights, labor studies, political science, photojournalism, poverty


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