Tuesday Showing of 'Blood Diamond' to Open Peace Symposium

Popular Leonardo DiCaprio Film Depicts Struggle between Government Loyalists and Insurgent Forces over Diamonds

October 14, 2013

The 2006 Leonardo DiCaprio film, Blood Diamond, will kick off this year’s Westheimer Peace Symposium Tuesday (Oct. 15), at 7:30 p.m., in the Murphy Theatre in downtown Wilmington, for a cost of $5.

The political war thriller features a lust for the valuable gems as a focal point of an African nation torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces.

This conflict depicts some of the extraordinary human rights challenges in regions of Africa that will be discussed at the 23rd annual Westheimer Peace Symposium Wednesday (Oct. 16). This year’s topic is “Africa’s Blood, Sweat and Tears: Nonviolent Solutions.”

The symposium is free of charge.

The day’s programming features: Chris Abani, an author/activist that was imprisoned in Nigeria for his writings, at 10:15 a.m.; Eden Grace and Diane Randall on what their respective Quaker organizations are doing to prevent election violence in Kenya, at 1:30 p.m.; a musical interlude by the Wilmington College Chorale at 3 p.m.; the showing of the film, Blood in the Mobile, at 4 p.m.; and grassroots activist Lisa Shannon, author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, at 7:30 p.m.

All these programs will be held in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.