The Constant Gardener Essay

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In the movies The Constant Gardener (2005) directed by Fernando Meirelles and Blood Diamond (2006) directed by Edward Zwick, the unchecked exploitation of Africans by both whites and blacks is explored. In The Constant Gardener the issue of illegal drug distribution and testing by large pharmaceutical companies is expressed and combined with a story of love and revenge. Similarly, the misuse of rural Africans in the multi-million diamond industry is explored in Blood Diamond and back dropped by the civil war raging in Sierra Leone.
Ralph Fiennes was chosen for the cast of Justin Quayle in The Constant Gardener for his passive and reflective charisma, calm features and composed way of speaking. Justin’s character contrasts strongly to that of
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The scene starts with a very wide shot of the three of them running to catch up with a plane. When they are on the plane the pilot tells Justin that he cannot bring the young girl with them, this is followed by a series of close up shots showing Justin and the pilot arguing (over the shoulder view of the pilot) over the drone of the engines and of the sad expression on the girls face. In the midst of the argument the young girl jumps from the plane, knowing that she has no place there. The next shot is a close up of Justin sitting down and looking out of the window while the plane starts to move again. The girl is seen from above, running in the shadow of the plane and disappearing in the planes dust cloud. This scene is emotionally strong as it brings across a feeling of total hopelessness and overwhelming sadness as the sight of the young girl alone in the vast dessert.
Both films are successful in showing the west’s disregard for the African people and the way large corporations see them as easily disposable resources rather than as equal human beings. The portrayal of rural Africa is accurate in the sense that violence is very much a relevant and ever present factor in these areas and although both films received criticism on their depiction of Africa, it is difficult to side step this stereotypical representation as it is in fact true and both films aim to create awareness to the brutality present in these
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