Diamonds and Rust

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Diamonds and Rust

On the trawler, the Spirit of Namibia, moored off the coast, diamond mining goes on around the clock. The film follows the life of an international crew working in the service of a faceless mining conglomerate (De-Beers) that owns not only the ship but the surrounding waters as well. The men are drawn into contemplation of their situation. White South Africans spouting racist theories; Cubans who write poetry and speak of love; an Israeli security manager who acts as if he were the enemy; Namibian deck hands who find themselves colonized in their own country. It’s the heart of darkness in which diamonds are forever.

Festivals and Awards:

International SCAM Prize, Cinema du Reel Film Festival, Paris, 2001; Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001; IDFA Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2001; DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2001; United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford, 2001; Viennale International Film Festival, 2001;  African Literature Association Conference Film Festival, 2002

Director: Adi Barash, Ruth Shatz

Producer: Adi Barash, Ruth Schatz, Gil Miteranni

Production Company: Barash-Schatz in cooperation with Opus Productions, Ltd.

Cinematographer: Adi Barash

Editor: Ruth Shatz

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Soros Foundation, The Israel Broadcasting Authority – Channel 1, TV Ontario, ARTE

Distributor: Icarus Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: יהלומים וחלודה

On the trawler, the Spirit of Namibia, moored off the coast, diamond mining goes on around the clock. The film follows the life of an international crew working in the service of a faceless mining conglomerate (De-Beers) that owns not only the ship but the surrounding waters as well. The men are drawn into contemplation of their situation. White South Africans spouting racist theories; Cubans who write poetry and speak of love; an Israeli security manager who acts as if he were the enemy; Namibian deck hands who find themselves colonized in their own country. It’s the heart of darkness in which diamonds are forever.

Festivals and Awards:

International SCAM Prize, Cinema du Reel Film Festival, Paris, 2001; Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001; IDFA Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2001; DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2001; United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford, 2001; Viennale International Film Festival, 2001;  African Literature Association Conference Film Festival, 2002

Director: Adi Barash, Ruth Shatz

Producer: Adi Barash, Ruth Schatz, Gil Miteranni

Production Company: Barash-Schatz in cooperation with Opus Productions, Ltd.

Cinematographer: Adi Barash

Editor: Ruth Shatz

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Soros Foundation, The Israel Broadcasting Authority – Channel 1, TV Ontario, ARTE

Distributor: Icarus Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: יהלומים וחלודה

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