Films about Africa, especially conflict and war are coming think and fast from Hollywood in recent years. We've had the Rwandian genocide (Hotel Rwanda, Shooting Dogs), pharmaceutical corruption in Kenya (The Constant Gardener), truth and reconciliation in South Africa (In My Country), the story of Ugandan Idi Amin (The Last King of Scotland), and civil war in Nigeria (Tears of the Sun). There was also Beyond Borders, about aid workers in Africa. Apart from the latter film, these films have been generally compelling and served as important reminders to us as the West of our moral failure as nations (especially in 1994 Rwanda). Blood Diamond is the latest and continues the trend. The backdrop to the story is the 1999 Sierra Leone Civil War. There are some great performances all round and the script is generally well written. Fernando writes a good review here. What other films have there been about Africa? Cry Freedom, the story of Steve Biko. The Power of One, about an English boy growing up in 1930s-1940s South Africa. I guess parts of Amistad and Black Hawk Down.