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Black Diamond, a film by Pascale Lamache

Sunday 1 August 2010

Synopsis: This film (in French only) describes a network of recruitment and trafficking of young African boys, in the name of the cult of global football. From the slums of Accra and Abidjan to the gleaming temples of sport funded by petrodollars, we are lead along the path of Ananse the Spider, an ancestral figure of folklore, that uses cunning and deception to manipulates his peers. Entire families are willing to sacrifice all their possessions. However on the market of human beings in failing to find the diamond, fools gold will suffice.

In his new film, Black Diamond, Pascale Lamache takes us into the world of the African football business, as it develops with its stories of stars, its popularity, but also trafficking of all kinds and the stories of children who, dreaming of a glittering career as international footballers, get trapped in the innumerable networks between Africa, Europe and many other parts of the world. By using an ancestral figure of ghanaian folklore, Ananse the Spider, the one that use cunning to cheat and manipulate his peers, the director takes us from slums of Accra and Abidjan to gleaming temples of sport funded by petrodollars, where under the veil of detecting and fostering talent, traffickers lie in wait.

The national release of Black Diamond is scheduled for 15 September 2010 with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Solidarity and the Secretary of State for Sport.
This film reaffirms, in relation with the associations, the urgency for action, both in terms of FIFA and of the States concerned, to stop the progression of this new form of slavery, cynically done under cover of the universal and humanistic values of sport.

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