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Bling 2007 NR

4.3 out of 5 stars (25) IMDb 6.9/10

You might have spent thousands on the diamond you're blingin'... but do you know how much it really costs? In this riveting, unforgettable film, hip-hop celebrities Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Wall and Tego Calderon travel to war-torn Sierra Leone, West Africa, and come face to face with the victims of the blood diamond industry so deeply entwined in hip-hop. The filmmakers explore the cultural significance of diamond jewelry in hip-hop and trace its evolution from early '80s old-school ghetto culture to the bling-encrusted billion-dollar industry it is today. Featuring Ishmael Beah, best-selling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and interviews with Kanye West, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss and Mr. T, Bling is without question one of the most powerful films you will ever see.

Starring:
Ishmael Beah, Tego Calderon
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Raquel Cepeda
Starring Ishmael Beah, Tego Calderon
Supporting actors Adonis Kapsalis, Raekwon, Paul Wall, Kanye West
Studio Egami Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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After seeing all the five star reviews I decided to give this a watch. The footage is powerful and impactful. When the focus was on the former child-soldier, Ishmael Beah, you are left feeling a sense of "western-guilt". This kid tells these horrific stories of death, chaos, and greed, then brings a smile to his face, because of the gratefulness he feels for being alive. The focus of the documentary should have rested more on his storyline. At the very least, there should have been more conversation between Ishmael and the musicians about the potential they have to change the attitudes towards diamonds. The musicians that traveled with him to Sierra Leone came across as shallow and selfish, only superficially impacted by the horrors being presented to them. The film ends and you have this uneasy sense that these musicians are going to return to the United States and leave the misery behind.
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By Nena on September 16, 2007
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A powerful film! The film calls on the hip-hop industry and America to take a hard look at the consequences of a society that values "Bling". It's an emotional, eye opening journey; especially for the 3 artists and 1 former child solder traveling to Sierra Leone. I highly recommend the film for a mature, worldly audience. The film is also an excellent educational tool for young adults. Despite some gruesome footage of the atrocities suffered by the people of Sierra Leone; it's full of hope for their healing process and uplifts the viewer with a witty sense of humor. The synopsis on the history of hip-hop and its increasing allure of diamonds is a nice added bonus.
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Powerful and Provocative! This captivating film unveils the raw truth behind the diamond trade in Sierra Leone which elicits an eye-opening emotion that leaves some of hip-hop's most iconic figures shocked and saddened. After seeing Bling, you'll never think about diamonds in the same way ever again. I commend filmmaker Raquel Cepeda for giving the people of Sierra Leone an opportunity to share their stories to the world and for making those voices count.
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If you don't own it, you should. I saw this amazing film at BAM in Brooklyn and I hope it gets wide release and exposure. It can really be used to educate the uninformed about some of the consequences of buying diamonds. Cepeda's film is both insightful and provocative in the way it exposes the links between hip hop culture and the devastating aspects of the diamond trade on the land and people of war torn Sierra Leone. Cepeda is able to creatively weave the stories of hip hop artists with those of the victims of the war; child soldiers, amputees, rape victims and the displaced. Watching the gradual understanding awaken in the minds of the hip hop artists Cepeda traveled to Africa alongside the gripping homecoming of a former child soldier is moving.
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I saw Bling at BAM at the end of March and it totally blew me away. First off, the room was filled to capacity--so much so--that folks were sitting on the floor on the aisle. I had seen the vh1 version and heard Cepeda's cut was different. Boy, was it. The man sitting next to me was crying throughout the film. And there were funny moments as well. I can't say enough about this work. I remember when Cepeda was helming Oneworld magazine and this doc truly takes her global vision to a whole other level. Bravo!
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By MandyJH on February 17, 2013
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This is an okay look at the diamond trade and the impacts of the industry on Sierra Leone, but I wanted to see more of the former child soldier, Ishmel. There was so much potential to teach the Hip-Hop community about the need for reformation and aid in the area. I felt the only times when the artists felt interested in the area was when they saw the port where SL's slave trade took place; their emotions had more to do with their ancestors than the men and women in front of them. They often came across as selfish and immature. I was disappointed to see them wearing their "bling" in front of the men literally slaving away in the mines. I also wanted to see how they followed up. Most seemed affected at some point during the film, but there was no commitment to improving the region's squalid conditions. An uplifting documentary about African culture, life, and resilience (not about conflict diamonds though) that far outdoes this piece is entitled "Pray The Devil Back To Hell" about the reign of Charles Taylor in Liberia.
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really shows you how Africa is still exploited by everyone, and it's acceptable. I wish more so called affluent people, would speak out.
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To say that Bling is a powerful film is a huge understatement. I wish all Americans would see it. I keep up with the news and consider myself well informed on current events. I took particular interest in Sierra Leone during the war, and still, I learned so much from this film. It's a fascinating perspective through which to tell the stories of this unimaginable tragedy. I watched the film on netflix, sitting on my couch. I could have easily paused at any time, but I didn't. Not once. By the time I finished watching the film, I had to pee so bad...I was so engrossed in the movie that I couldn't even bring myself to pause it to pee. That's pretty much the best praise a film can get from me. So yeah, I loved it.
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