Black Diamond: Fool's Gold

  • Black Diamond : l'or des fous
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Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature
Running time : 101 (in minutes)

It's an old story: in the past, it was known as the slave trade, now it's simply a business ranging from amateur operators to an organized network.

The film sketches the portrait of an anarchic and international network of speculators and traffickers of young African boys, under the aegis of the global football cult.

From the hovels of Accra and Abidjan to the gleaming temples of sport financed by petrodollars, it takes us on the trail of Ananse the Spider, an ancestral folklore figure, who tricks, cheats and manipulates his peers.

Entire families are ready to sacrifice their only possessions to it. While on the human market, if the diamond is lacking, the gold of madmen will do the job.

directed by Pascale Lamche

Executive Producer : Dominique Tibi
Foreign Producer : Patrick Quinet
Director of Photography : Olivier Raffet
Sound Recordist : Joël Flescher
Press Attaché (film) : Stanislas Baudry
Editors : Rodolphe Molla, Alexandre Bruant
Sound Editor : Ingrid Simon
Sound Mixer : Patrick Ghislain

Feature film
Genres : Documentary
Production language : French
Nationality : Majority French (France, Belgium)
Production year : 2009
French release : 22/09/2010
Runtime : 1h 41mn
Current status : Released
Visa number : 123.421
Visa issue date : 03/08/2010
Approval : Yes
Production formats : 35mm
Screening format : 35mm
Color type : Color
Aspect ratio : 1.85
Sound format : DTS 5.1
Official website :
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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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