By Pascale LAMCHE


Documentary - Completed 2009

Black Diamond uncovers the mechanisms of the lucrative international trade of hundreds of young African players with their heads full of dreams,ready for tremendous sacrifices to become the new soccer superstar.Those boys are the victims of a genuine traffic in which they are treated as commodities.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 101 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pascale LAMCHE
    • Producer(s)
    • Dominique TIBI
    • Synopsis
    • It’s an old story with a perverse new twist. Before, it was known as the transatlantic trade in slaves. Today it’s just called business. This is the compelling story of an international web of speculation and trafficking in boys, under the aegis of global football. From the slums of Accra and Abidjan to the petro-dollar sports temples of Arab potentates and the secret politics of a top-ranking club in the Football Money league – our intrepid Ghanaian journalist tracks Ananse. Ananse the spider, who swindles, who frauds and whose myriad stories underpin Ghanaian popular history. And with the help of an old man – a Mandela manqué called Nabi - we discover that in the Human Market Place, if you can’t unearth the diamond, then fool’s gold will do.
      As long as you take something to market, someone will buy.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2009