The Empire in Africa
The Empire in Africa (2006)

Located in Western Africa, Sierra Leone is a nation caught in a struggle between extreme poverty and extreme wealth; while diamond mining provides the bulk of the country's income, most of its people struggle to survive by raising their… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

That Empire lacks clear-cut heroes and villains is not necessarily a fault, but the movie's muddle too often comes across as an attempt to avoid assigning responsibility where it belongs.

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Joe Leydon

Filmmaker Philippe Diaz makes a strong case for blaming the international community in general, and the United Nations in particular, for the needless protraction of a conflict that left 70,000 dead and millions displaced.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Diaz refuses to accept received wisdom about the RUF's savagery, and it clearly took more than one revolutionary movement to reduce Sierra Leone to abject poverty.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Philippe Diaz's tumultuous documentary is a noble but failed attempt to explicate the tragedy of Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war.

Kam Williams

Highly recommended as a sobering companion piece to Hollywood's relatively-sanitized version of the same subject-matter in Blood Diamond.

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Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

[A] harrowing but provocative work of documentary filmmaking.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

It's possible that Diaz's sympathy for the RUF is symptomatic of a lingering tendency on the left to sanctify anything that calls itself a revolutionary front.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There are images in "The Empire in Africa" that I wish I'd never seen, but it's worth enduring them to hear a side of the story that the media and Hollywood overlooked.

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Louis Proyect

Absolutely powerful indictment of imperialist greed in Sierra Leone. Reveals the hypocrisy of "humanitarian" interventions.

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[font=Century Gothic]"The Empire in Africa" is a heartrending and eye-opening documentary about the civil war in Sierra Leone that lasted from… More